Jorge Moll is a world-renowned Neurologist who graduated from The Rio De Janeiro Federal University. He received an M.D. in 1994 and completed his residency in 1998. After that, he decided to pursue a career in Experimental Pathophysiology by completing a Ph.D. at São Paulo University (ABC.org).
Presently, Jorge Moll is president and board member of D’Or Institute of Research and Education as well as a researcher. He also occupies a position as the head of the Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Unit and IDOR.
Jorge Moll’s research is concerned with the interplay between the mechanisms underlying the choices that human beings make in their social surroundings. Additionally, he also wants to explore how cultural values affect these choices.
A large part of his studies is related to the notion of altruism and how this idea is essential for human beings. The research explores in great depth the basis for cooperation in interpersonal relationships among human beings. Altruism is far more important for some that it is an integral part of how they view the world and how they make economic decisions.
An excellent illustration of this is the anonymous donations to charities. Neurobiologists believe that these cultural values have started to appear some point during the Paleolithic period.
Jorge Moll explores the neurobiological basis for similar acts of altruism and their physical and biological manifestations. In order to do this, he asks people to take part in his study by running an MRI and seeing how people respond to these charitable acts. In short, the research is focused on finding the biological basis for anonymous acts of altruism. Jorge Moll has deep interests in the interplay between social values and neurobiology.
Furthermore, through his research, he wants to study the relationship between altruism and the realm of economic interests and material gains. People who took part in these interviews were asked whether they would choose money first when dealing with a real-life situation (https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/d-or-institute-of-research-and-education-idor). The sum of money that was offered to each participant would decrease as they choose altruism over their monetary interests. Jorge Moll is interested in studying similar phenomena and their implications in society.