Jorge Moll is a Neuroscientist who attended Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and received an MD in Neurology and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychopathy. He is President, Director and member of the governing board and Director of Skills and Expertise at D’Or Institute for Research and Education Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His social memberships include Brazilian Academy of Sciences; International Neuroethics Society; Organization for Human Brain Mapping and Society for Neuroscience. Since March 2017, he has been GP of VHM Ventures,vhm.vc, located in San Jose, California.
In his Biography, Jorge Moll states, “I am interested in the psychological and neural mechanisms governing human choices and social preferences and how they are shaped by morals and modified by experience, culture and neurotechnological interventions.” In other words, his studies focus on how the brain processes the way people make choices and why certain individuals may have brain disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depressive tendencies (https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/d-or-institute-of-research-and-education-idor).
Jorge Moll has released eighty-nine publications and has been a part of five editorial contributions explaining how one’s emotions interact with the social aspects of a person’s life. He stated, “the emotions we feel and also those that we perceive in others are crucial to the social functions of both human and non-human animals.” Jorge’s studies concentrate on how a person’s moral conduct is connected to their social conduct; how one influences the other. He desires to give a better understanding of one’s moral emotions, which may include embarrassment, pride, gratitude, pity, shame, awe, etc. He feels in many studies that the emotional and social connections of the brain have been overlooked.
In “The Greater Good Magazine” article called “5 Ways Giving Is Good For You“, Jorge Moll, along with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (in a 2006 study) established that giving to charities or in general “activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a ‘warm glow’ effect”.
Jorge Moll in a quote stated his dream is “to foster world-class research education and healthcare in Brazil” and all over the world (YouTube).