Jorge Moll is a neuroscientist who has been studying the way that the brain reacts to different situations for many years. His work with depression and other conditions has been illuminating and has helped scientists as well as everyday people to better understand the connection between well-being and certain activities. One of the studies he was running, in the past, discovered that when volunteers placed the interests of others before their own, they were rewarded by their brain. This proved that altruism was a basic function that leads to pleasure and good feelings. This furthers the discussion of what it means to be good and what its benefits are.
Jorge Moll has continued his work over the years and continues to discover connections between morality and the brain. In fact, it has been found that other animals function in a similar way, at least some of the time. His studies are proving that this mechanism in the brain that rewards people for altruistic behavior has been around for some time. At the root of all of morality seems to be empathy, which is the ability to experience what another creature, being, or person is experiencing, and this guides what many people believe to be the right or wrong things to do. Central to moral thinking are emotions, and they have an affect on people whether we know it or not.
Jorge Moll is a Member, the President, and Director of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education in Rio de Janeiro (IDOR). He also serves the organization as its Senior Researcher and as the D’Or Institute for Research & Education Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup. He earned his MD in Neuroscience while spending time at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and also earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathophysiology during his time spent at São Paulo University. He has worked for most of his life to reduce people’s suffering through research and science. During his free time, he loves to spend as much time as possible with his family who he loves very much.