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Jorge Moll, MD, PhD and currently Director of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education–Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the neuroscientists studying the human brain as it relates to good and/or bad morals as a choice.
This particular study was conducted at the NIH, where Jorge Moll noted that different areas of the brain were activated when the study volunteers considered altruism versus self-serving acts. Therefore, he and his colleagues have stumbled into what could possibly be a bit of a conundrum in certain instances; i.e., making judicial decisions regarding criminal acts committed by psychopaths, who do not possess the apparent evolutionary accepted societal norms of behavior.
Jorge Moll has founded two businesses since his time at the NIH, both in Brazil. The Rede D’or Sao Luz, in Rio De Janeiro is a for-profit hospital and the D’Or Institute for Research and Education, is a non-profit entity. As well as a dedicated professional in his chosen career field, Jorge Moll is a committed family man and resides in Rio De Janeiro.
When asked how the idea for D’Or Institute of Research and Education, Dr. Moll answered that he had a fervent desire to cultivate world-class research, education, and healthcare in his own country. As a businessman, Jorge Moll utilizes efficient and productive business routines and practices and meets daily with students, associates, scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs who represent diverse organizations. He entertains all ideas presented to him, but he does the hard job of choosing the best ones in a timely manner and dropping the rest, and only the ideas that can be converted into a plan of action and that also allow collaboration are chosen by Moll.
On a personal note, Jorge Moll immediately named his children as recipients of items that he had spent his most recent one hundred dollars on. Moll successfully combines his two halves into one healthy whole.
Jorge Moll’s expertise encompasses the following: Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurology, fMRI (shows blood flow to activated areas), Prefrontal Cortex, and Morality, and though his title is Director, Dr. Moll is an active participant and contributor in the projects that his current team of neuroscientists initiates and conducts.