We use brain imaging to unveil the neural basis of our social and moral nature


A multidisciplinary team with a broad range of skills


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  1. The neural basis of human moral cognition. J Moll, R Zahn, R de Oliveira-Souza, F Krueger, J Grafman. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 6 (10), 799-809.

  2. The neural correlates of moral sensitivity: a functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of basic and moral emotions J Moll, R de Oliveira-Souza, PJ Eslinger, IE Bramati, et al. The journal of neuroscience, 22 (7), 2730-2736

  3. Human fronto–mesolimbic networks guide decisions about charitable donation. J Moll, F Krueger, R Zahn, M Pardini, R de Oliveira-Souza, J Grafman. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103 (42), 15623

  4. The neural underpinnings of moral values. J Moll, R Zahn, R de Oliveira-Souza. Handbook of Value: Perspectives from Economics, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Sociology.

  5. You and your kin: Neural signatures of family-based group perception in the subgenual cortex. N Rüsch, P Bado, R Zahn, IE Bramati, R de Oliveira-Souza, J MollSocial neuroscience 9 (4), 326-331

  6. Voluntary enhancement of neural signatures of affiliative emotion using FMRI neurofeedback. J Moll, JH Weingartner, P Bado, R Basilio, JR Sato, BR Melo, IE Bramati, et al. PloS one 9 (5), e97343, 2014.

  7. The rise of moral emotions in neuropsychiatry. LF Fontenelle, R de Oliveira-Souza, J MollDialogues in clinical neuroscience 17 (4), 411

  8. FRIEND Engine Framework: a real time neurofeedback client-server system for neuroimaging studies. Basilio, Rodrigo; Garrido, Griselda J; Sato, João R; Hoefle, Sebastian; Melo, Bruno RP; Pamplona, Fabricio A; Zahn, Roland; Moll, Jorge; Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 9, 2015

  9. A Neural Signature of Affiliative Emotion in the Human Septohypothalamic Area. J Moll, P Bado, R de Oliveira-Souza, IE Bramati, DO Lima, FF Paiva, ...The Journal of Neuroscience 32 (36), 12499-12505

  10. Self-blame-Selective Hyperconnectivity Between Anterior Temporal and Subgenual Cortices and Prediction of Recurrent Depressive Episodes. Lythe, K. E., Moll, J., Gethin, J. A., Workman, C. I., Green, S., Lambon Ralph, M. A., Deakin, J. F. W. & Zahn, R. 7 Oct 2015In : JAMA Psychiatry. p. 1-8

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D'Or Institute for Research and Education

The Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit and the Neuroinformatics workgroup are part of the D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR).

IDOR is a nonprofit organization whose aim is to promote scientific and technological progress in healthcare. Research currently conducted at IDOR encompasses the following lines: neurosciences, intensive care medicine, internal medicine and imaging.

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Research Projects

  • Human Values & the Brain
    My research is mostly focused into human behavior and neuroimaging.

    My current PhD project aims to comprehend the representation of different values and motivations in the brain using fMRI encoding models and behavioral measures, including psychometric scales and digital records of human behavior....

    Patrícia Bado

    PhD Student

  • Enhancement of Affiliative Emotion Using fMRI Neurofeedback

    This project aims to investigate the possibility of promoting the state of benevolence and assess their impact on altruistic behavior using neurofeedback by fMRI.

    Julie Weingartner

    PhD Student

  • Classification of Neural Patterns of Emotional States Evoked by Music
    Integration of EEG-fMRI and neuro-physiological components of emotions.

    Here, we apply this new concept of combining encoding/decoding models in order to identify musical content from brain activity. Furthermore, we explore the effects of spatial and temporal sparsity on identification accuracies....

    Sebastian Hoefle

    PhD Student

  • Inference Models of Functional Connectivity Based on MRI Structural Connectivity
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    Ivanei E. Bramati

    PhD Student

  • Neural Bases of Subliminal Priming of Social Values
    Moral Cognitive Neuroscience, Neural Basis of Values, Neural Basis of Decision Making Processes, Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics.

    The aim of the PhD project is to study the neural basis of automatic activations of moral and not moral values ​​and their relation with the reward system in the brain and its possible influence on decision making processes...

    João Ascenso

    PhD Student

  • Effects of Syntactic Complexity and Social Semantic Processing in the Brain
    I investigated aspects of the syntactic- semantic interface and the conceptual representation of social in an event-related fMRI study.

    The project we are rounding up at the moment investigates cognitive demands on different types of verb-argument constructions (e.g. Maria invited her agreeable neigbour, Maria smiled agreeably, Maria is an agreeable neighbour)...

    Marije Soto


  • Neural Correlates of Coffee Olfactory and Gustatory Experience
    Micro She has interest in the areas of Natural Products, Aromas, Coffee and Human Olfaction.

    The aim of this research is to characterize the distributed neural mechanisms underlying odor perception and how they contribute to food choice and hedonic experience (pleasure)...

    Silvia Siag Oigman


  • Neural Bases of Cooperation: The Effects Belonging to Parochial Social Groups
    My main research topic encompass behavioural and neuroscientific aspects of human social behaviour (more specifically prosocial behaviour and inter-group process).

    The main topic of my project is the neurobiology of group belongingness. We use different methods (fMRI, psychometrics, behavioral experiments) to investigate what brain regions and process are behind what may be called ‘group attachment’, which occur when it comes to groups highly significant to individuals, as soccer teams or religion affiliation. Our main aim is to compare how people behave in different inter-group situations, encompassing highly meaningful groups to arbitrary ones.

    Tiago Soares Bortolini

    PhD Student

  • Neurofeedback with Virtual Reality for Induction of Emotional States Purpose
    Neuroscience, Brain Computer Interface, Artificial Intelligence, Signal Processing and Computer Graphics.

    Determine electroencephalographic signal characteristics that can be used for classifying emotions complex, with the use of the technique in a stimulation brain-machine interface system via multi-modal stimuli.

    Bruno Raphael Mello

    PhD Student