Jorge Moll: Morality, Social Behavior and Neuroplasticity

Jorge Moll is the President and Director and also the Head of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Moll graduated from the Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1994 and completed his residency in Neurology also from the Federal University in 1997. He received his PhD in Experimental Pathophysiology from the Faculty of Medicine University of Sao Paulo. His thesis was “fMRI in Moral Judgment and Sensitivity” which he completed in 2003. He was a post-doctorate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, NINDS, Cognitive Neuroscience Section, Bethesda, USA from 2004-2007. Learn more about Jorge Moll at Google Scholar.

Mr. Jorge Moll has 3 current projects: Neural correlates of human values and motivation; The Neuropsychiatry of Moral Cognition and Social Conduct; and Neuroplasticity.

Mr. Moll’s first project, Neural correlates of Human values and Motivation, “aims to explore the representation of human values and motivations in the brain using fMRI encoding models and behavioral measures” (

In layperson’s terms, this project explores visual images or pictures of “human values and motivation” as illustrated by blood flow in the brain using fMRI and “behavioral measures.” According to Wikipedia a fMRI or functional MRI “measures brain activity by detecting changes associated with blood flow. This technique relies on the fact that cerebral blood flow and neuronal activation are coupled. When an area of the brain is in use, blood flow to that region also increases.”

Mr. Moll’s second project is The Neuropsychiatry of Moral Cognition and Social Conduct. This project explores the relationship between “moral cognition and social conduct” and the effect of mental disorders that resulted from nervous system diseases on social behavior. Neuropsychiatry is defined by Wikipedia as “a branch of medicine that deals with mental disorders attributable to diseases of the nervous system.”

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Mr. Moll’s third project is simply titled, Neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the study of permanent changes made to the brain over time resulting from injury, behavior, environmental stimuli, thought, and emotions. Know more about Jorge at Crunchbase.