Religious leaders and philanthropists have endorsed selfless acts and charity from time immemorial. Morality is generally opposed by science and scientists, who are driven by facts rather than moral obligations. Jorge Moll has now found a way science with religion, through his ground breaking research in neuroscience. Jorge Moll recently conducted experiments that show a strong connection between selfless acts and triggering of brain areas that make a person feel satisfied. Jordan Grafman assists Moll in this work, and together, their experiments are spearheading research about altruism in humans.
Jorge Moll is a skilled neuroscientist as well as a pathophysiologist. He has always been intrigued by the motivations underlying acts of charity. This fuelled clinical research on human subjects towards the discovery of neural components that trigger philanthropy. He has achieved great success in this field and has published his findings widely. He has contributed articles to many reputed journals such as Brain, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Neurology, Social Neuroscience and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has found significant connections between anterior cortical brain areas and altruistic choices.
Jorge Moll created the D’Or Institute for Research and Education in Rio de Janiero to focus on education, research and technological innovations in neuroscience. The institute has several ongoing proposals that look into motivations behind selflessness, neurofeedback and neural foundations of subliminal states, cooperation, music, and smell. The chief scientists at the institute are Jorge Moll, Paulo Mattos, Leonardo Fontenelle, Ricardo de Oliveira and Roland Zahn. Education is another area of focus for the D’Or Institute. Postdoctoral and doctoral students, as well as non-clinical staff, further constitute this center for neuroscience. Jorge Moll and others develop and use new techniques and machinery to support their scientific work. These include the use of Functional Real-time Interactive Endogeneous Neuromodulation and Decoding (FRIEND) imaging technology. This imaging system is employed in neurofeedback research.
Jorge Moll is a Board member and top researcher at the D’Or Institute. His commitment to the field of neuroscience is evident through his extensive research that establishes links between moral behavior and neural components. He has received several accolades for his scientific achievements. These include the Research Fellow NIH Award and Stanford’s Visiting Scholar Award.