Jorge Moll is a neuroscientist who specializes in the field of moral cognitive neuroscience. He led studies in early 2000, to report of where an impulse to do something good comes from in the human brain. He works for the National Institutes of Health where magnetic resonance imaging (MRI’s) is used to view and analyze brain activity to shed light on charitable work.


Science Behind Giving

In this study, charitable causes were at stake and test participants were asked to weigh in on donating to a cause, when a personal cost of some sort emerges. It was recorded, areas of anterior prefrontal cortex light up, positive mental states ensue. Results showed when volunteers placed other interests higher, they said they enjoyed it more. The choice to help others was important in this regard.

Neuroscientists like this can help show behavioral therapist candidates see behavior changes that profit quality of care. Jorge’s Moll’s belief reflects what this is all about, saying “Yes, my passionate belief that we can change our realities and positively impact lives and industries, by simply doing interesting things”.


Neurofeedback In Studying Brain Activity

Pursuing education, world-class research, and healthcare in his home country is what motivates Moll; because neurofeedback is thought to help people control neural brain waves. Neuroscientists like Moll investigate origin of moral values having to do with basic and moral emotions, in an emerging field called moral cognitive neuroscience that Moll contributes content publications to quite a bit.

Jorge Moll’s other interests include rising trends in artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, and how machines think. Analyzing neurotechnological interventions and how neural mechanisms contribute to quality of life is what he does.

Presently, Jorge Moll is the president and board member of D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR) as well as the director of the Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Unit (CBNU) and Neuroinfomatics Workgroup.