Jorge Moll

Jorge Moll


My research group is interested in the fundamental cognitive mechanisms underlying human social behavior, moral emotions, values and decisions, including altruism, prospective thinking and cooperation. We employ functional MRI, neurofeedback, and other neurotechnological methods. I have co-founded IDOR in 2010 in Brazil and founded the Scients Institute in 2018 (, a pioneer science California-based organization pushing the research boundaries across neuroscience, perception, consciousness, physics and biology.

Keywords: Cognitive neuroscience, Emotion, Decision making, Altruism, Values and beliefs


Medical Residence in Neurology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1995 – 1997)

PhD in Experimental Pathophysiology, Dept. of Medicine at São Paulo University (2000 – 2003)

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, NINDS, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2004 – 2007)





Research Fellow NIH award (2004-2007)

Elected affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2008-2011)

Elected member of the governing board of the International Neuroethics Society (2012-13)

President of the World Congress on Brain, Behavior and Emotions, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2015)

Visiting Research Scholar and Visiting Research Scholar, Wu Tsai Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University (2015 – today).

Selected Publications

Moll, Jorge; Zahn, Roland; de Oliveira-Souza, Ricardo; Krueger, Frank; Grafman, Jordan. The neural basis of human moral cognition. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 6 (10), 799-809, 2005.
doi: 10.1038/nrn1768

Moll, Jorge; de Oliveira-Souza, Ricardo; Eslinger, Paul J.; Bramati, Ivanei E. et al. The neural correlates of moral sensitivity: a functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of basic and moral emotions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 22 (7), 2730-2736, 2002.
doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.22-07-02730.2002

Moll, Jorge; Krueger, Frank; Zahn, Roland; Pardini, Matteo; de Oliveira-Souza, Ricardo; Grafman, Jordan. Human fronto–mesolimbic networks guide decisions about charitable donation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103 (42), 15623-15628, 2006. Epub 2006 Oct 9. PMID: 17030808; PMCID: PMC1622872
doi: 10.1073/pnas.0604475103

Moll, J, de Oliveira-Souza R, Basilio R, Bramati IE, Gordon B, Rodríguez-Nieto G, Zahn R, Krueger F, Grafman J. Altruistic decisions following penetrating traumatic brain injury. Brain 141(5), 1558-1569, 2018.
doi: 10.1093/brain/awy064

Brockington, G, Moreira, APG, Busoc, MS, da Silva SG, Altszylerg E, Fischerh R, and Moll J. Storytelling increases oxytocin and positive emotions and decreases cortisol and pain in hospitalized children. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(22):e2018409118, 2021. PMID: 34031240; PMCID: PMC8179166.
doi: 10.1073/pnas.2018409118

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