Jorge Moll, world renowned neurological researcher, Founder, Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience began his path to scientific research at a very young age. As long as Jorge can remember he has always been drawn to the world of science, specifically, behavioral brain functionality, and a desire to understand how our brains function. It was through Jorge’s educational journey he was able to discover ways in which he can fulfil his academic fantasy, all while adding value to the scientific community and healthcare.
Jorge earned his Doctor of Medicine in neuroscience degree, in his native country of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Jorge, after his undergraduate studies, went on to earn his PhD in Experimental Pathology.
Jorge Moll began conducting experiments using the functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) machine. The FMRI was a new tool that took the technology used in the MRI and made it more useful as to what the images reflected of the brain. With the MRI, the images are just the anatomy of the organs, whereas with the FMRI, images are actually the brain activity, or the results of the neurons in the brain being stimulated. Jorge conducted experiments where he would initiate or stimulate very simple or low level brain function and analyze the images. After gathering information from these basic experiments, Jorge’s curiosity lead him to ponder what moral decisions would look like using the FMRI. Jorge would have the subject’s position in the FMRI machine, have moral questions read to them and record the images. These are the experiments that lead Jorge Moll to develop the Event Feature Emotion Complex (EFEC) framework (http://www.abc.org.br/~JMOLL). EFEC framework suggests that the there are three components that make up the reaction in the brain when we are faced with moral situations.