2nd Annual Wellcome Lecture in Neuroethics

New Imaging Evidence for the Neural Bases of Moral Sentiments, Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior

Date: Tuesday 18 January 2011, 17:30 - 19:30
Venue: Meeting Room 15, Examination Schools, 81 High Street, Oxford
Speaker: Professor Jorge Moll (Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit, Director,  D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil))
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Professor Jorge Moll (Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit Director, D’Or Institute for Research and Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) gave the second annual Wellcome Lecture in Neuroethics at the Examination Schools in Oxford. Moll was one of the pioneers in using functional neuroimaging to study the neural underpinnings of human morality, and is widely recognized as one of the world’s leaders in the neuroscience of moral cognition. In his lecture, Professor Moll presented converging evidence for a common fronto-temporal brain network that underlies human moral capacities, sentiments and values, and discussed how different kinds of brain lesions can damage this network, leading to disorders in moral behavior in psychopathy and fronto-temporal dementia. Moll ended his talk by presenting intriguing evidence that psychopathy can be predicted on the basis of brain scans, and new data on the use of innovative real-time neurofeedback techniques that allow people to use to fMRI to control their psychological states.

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