Neuroimaging Morality: A New Beginning by Jorge Moll


Jorge Moll is a neuroscientist who works at D’Or Institute that deals with education and research purposes. He holds the top position being the president. He studied at federal University which is a medical school located in Rio de Janeiro. The university is in Brazil where he graduated in 1997. He went to pursue Ph.D. specializing in Experimental Pathophysiology at Sao Paulo University.


He did some studies in fMRI about the moral judgment and sensitivity. Jorge Moll is a skilled and expert in Neuroscience, morality, neurology, and also behavioral Neuroscience. He is now dealing with Behavioral Neuroscience and the cognitive unit as the head in the university.


Jorge Moll, while in the university was scanning volunteers’ brain. They were asked to think of scenarios which either involved money donating or having to retain their money. The results showed that when one put interest on others rather than himself there is part of the brain which lights up that usually develop during sex or food. That is referred as altruism which is a basis for the brain, pleasurable and hard-wired.


There have been studies of brain imaging involving psychological experiments so that to learn whether the brain has an inbuilt moral compass. The results that are being found are showing that morality in the brain seems to be hard-wired. That is when compared with evolution process which says that it began with other species.


The research that was lead by Jorge Moll is trying to prove that morality is having biological roots. This is proven by donation center experiment that lit up in the brain. It has been all around for long period of time. The more research on molarity is done the more it appears to be empathy.


The researchers feel that when they reduce the immorality and morality to brain chemistry unlike feel free will, it might end up reducing the responsibility of a person. The decisions that are moral often feel like a summary of intellectual challenges ( In some experiments, it shows that people who have brain damage usually lack ways to feel moral answers and they are referred to as ventromedial prefrontal cortex.


Morality is therefore not only a decision that they take but also by a process they arrive at and its now upon the society to rethink on how to judge the immoral people.

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