Jorge Moll is heading up a research project that utilizes ordinary brain scans and adapts biofeedback practices to help people experience stronger feelings of compassion and empathy. The goal is to use these findings to develop a treatment for mental illnesses that doesn’t rely on drugs. If successful, depression, autism, and even psychosis may all be treated in this way.
Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jorge Moll leads his research at the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit at D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR). He says he’s following the studies others have conducted in mapping emotions in the brain, but adds that studying empathy presents some unique challenges. Due to the effects that empathy has on the mind, Jorge says it’s necessary to study several different regions of the brain all at once.
Dr. Moll says team is interested in how helping others and trying to do good affects the mind. He believes that, through learning more about this process, others can be taught to be more empathetic. The software Moll and his team uses analyzes the brain patterns in three distinct emotional experiences. This helps to identify traits that are specific to altruism and empathy.
About Jorge Moll
As a researcher, Jorge Moll focuses on how psychology and the physiology of the brain affects choice in people. He is the president, director, and a member of the regulatory board for D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) (Crunchbase). Dr. Moll also serves as the Head of Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup at the organization.
Jorge has also been honored by his peers and has received several awards highlighting his achievements. He was honored with the Research Fellow NIH award (2004-2007) and was elected to be an affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2008.
Dr. Moll has published several articles on his research, as well. His works have appeared in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, The Journal of Neuroscience, and Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience to name a few (http://medicaldailytimes.com/doctors/jorge-moll-advanced-study/3675/). Jorge Moll attended the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and the University of Sao Paulo.