Dr. Jorge Moll is a Brazilian neuroscientist. He founded the National Institute of Health where he is involved in research and education. His specialties are cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. One of his published studies garnered quite a bit of attention in 2006 when he and his colleagues discovered that when people give to charities the areas of their brain that are associated with trust, social connections, and pleasure are activated. The result is that people have what they called a “warm glow” effect which was shown on sensor he had connected to their heads in order to monitor their brains. Visit Jorge’s profile on facebook.com.
As Dr. Jorge Moll explains it, when you’re charitable to others your brain has a primitive response similar to that of enjoying sex or food. Altruism is hard-wired into the brains of humans and isn’t a superior moral decision to take. People contribute to charity because it makes them feel good is the basics of it. He says that unselfishness leads to feeling good was something that Saint Francis of Assisi had lectured his churchgoers.
It was in 1994 that Dr. Jorge Moll earned his medical degree at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1998 he performed his medical residency at this same educational institution. Later, in 2004, he earned a Ph.D. in experimental pathophysiology by attending the medical school on the campus of Sao Paulo University.
The National Insitute of Health was established in 20007. Dr. Jorge Moll is the president of the firm and its board of directors. His research has been published in several journals. To date, he has published 133 peer-reviewed research articles. His latest published research paper was on how human values and motivations can be seen represented in the brain through the use of fMRI encoding models.
While most of Dr. Jorge Moll’s career has been spent in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he has also worked in the United States. For a period in 2015 and 2016, he was invited to teach at Stanford University in California as one of their visiting research scholars. As he is fluent in both Portuguese and English he was able to ably fill this role and educate his students. Visit Ideamensch to know more about Jorge Moll.