Dr. Jorge Moll Explores The Scientific Foundations Behind Regular Acts of Kindness

Jorge Moll is a well known Medical Doctor who graduated from The Rio De Janeiro Federal University in 1994. In 1998, he finished his residency to become a Neurology specialist. Later on, he decided to complete his education by receiving a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathophysiology from São Paulo University.


At the moment Jorge Moll works as a researcher, president and board member of D’Or Institute of Research and Education. Additionally, he is the head of the Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Unit (CBNU) and IDOR


Jorge Moll has deep interests in the mechanisms that govern how humans make choices and their preferences in society. He also has an interest in how personal and cultural values shape these choices.

Most of his work centers around altruism and how this idea is far important for humans than material gains. This research aims to explore the basis of cooperation in interpersonal relationships between humans beings. Altruism is usually more important than material gains and human beings tend to dedicate much of their time and economic interests to their own ideologies and principles.


A good example of this is the donations that are made by anonymous people to charities, which is a clear indication of this aspect. Neurobiologist state that these values have started to show at some point in history during the Paleolithic period.


Jorge Moll does a lot of research in the field of neurology by exploring the mechanisms behind these charitable acts and how they are manifested biologically. He also interviews many participants to advance his research. One example of this is the performance of MRI on people and how they respond to similar acts of altruism. This research aims to use science to explain the biological basis for anonymous acts of kindness such as donations to charities.


Moreover, Jorge Moll wants to study the interplay of altruistic preferences and economic and material gains (https://loop.frontiersin.org/people/6678/overview). Participants in this research were asked to decide whether they would consider their monetary interests when they make a decision. The amount of money offered to them would decrease as they choose more altruistic approaches to dealing with real-life situations.


Jorge Moll has shown great interest in studying similar phenomena and using science to understand society better.

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