The Morality of Neurology with Jorge Moll

Jorge Moll has dedicated most of his life to the field of neuroscience. After receiving his MD in neuroscience from the Federal University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Jorge’s goal has been plainly expressed through the nature of his work ( He has consistently attempted to help people that are affected by negative experiences or disasters by improving their quality of life with the art of science. Today, he is the president and board member of D’Or Institute of Research and Education and the director of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup.


New Perspective in Neuroscience

When most people think of science, they probably don’t immediately associate it with human emotion and morality. Jorge and his associates are bringing new light and perspective to the world of neuroscience. The research that he has been conducting is exceptionally groundbreaking and eye opening about the possible genetic roots of human behavior. Jorge Moll’s neurological images have shown primitive parts of the brain that are typically motivated by food and sex also light up when considering performing a selfless act. This concept that is widely proposed by religious leaders all over the world, is quickly giving neuroscience a foothold in discussion of morality and the neurological impact of being good.

Although they have take images from volunteers, they have also conducted several harmless experiments with rats as well. One experiment found that if each time one rat received food, another rat was given a small electrical impulse, eventually the first rat would not partake of the food. If rats can empathize with others and attempt to prevent harm, how much more is that an instinct for humans! Some questions have been raised by theologians and philosophers that this might be an attempt by scientists reduce morality to simply brain chemistry alone. However, Moll’s experiments have shown that emotions, not just brain chemistry, are central to moral thinking. Further research may only prove that in reality most people are hard-wired for goodness.


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