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Jorge Moll, the Moral Neuroscientist

Jorge Moll Filho is a Brazilian neuroscientist with a good reputation and history concerning his involvement in the medical and healthcare industry. Jorge started his hospital business in 1977 when he opened a diagnostic imaging laboratory and later advanced to operating one of the most prestigious hospitals in Brazil. He has a great interest in healthcare where he owns Rede D’Or and is the chairman of its board of directors, a hospital with over 30 branches in Brazil and a bed capacity of over 5,000 patients. Additionally, he owned Labs D’Or before selling it in 2010 and acquired Sao Luiz, which is a group of hospitals from Sao Paulo.

Jorge Moll is the director of the D’Or Institute for Research and Teaching (Idor) where in collaboration with other neuroscientists they have devoted to studying moral values. They believe that the moral value systems have a link to medicine and education capable of helping people to understand the variance in the behaviors of groups and societies. Jorge holds that the deep neurobiological basis of morality shows the difference in individuals in the way they value them. What culture, groups and societies do is that they enhance and give this values more power but do not change them. Learn more about Jorge Moll at Google Scholar.

He has conducted research on altruism where found out that moral feelings are influenced by emotion and reason. With collaborations from other researchers and neuroscientists, they found out that altruism evokes the same feelings such as the excitement of watching a football match. Jorge Moll went to Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University at the school of medicine and graduated in 1994 before completing a neurology residency in 1997 from the same institution. He also has a Ph.D. in experimental research. Read more about Jorge Moll at

Jorge also works at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders where together with Frank Krueger, Jordan Grafman, and Roland Zahn, they head the Cognitive Neuroscience department. He is interested in learning and demonstrating how our brain develops social values that can be used to improve education systems. His expertise and studies in neurology have been helpful in showing how moral sensitivity is tied to brain functioning. This has been enabled from his first laboratory efforts of investigating moral emotions using magnetic resonance imaging.


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