Jorge Moll, an esteemed Neuroscientist from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil is leading the way to breakthroughs in the ever-growing field of Neuroscience and Neurology. With over 90 publications under his belt and an extremely impressive resume which includes the title of President- Director and member of the board of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR). Moll is also a Rio De Janeiro Senior Researcher and the head of the IDOR Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinfomatics workgroup among many other titles. He has his doctorate of Experimental Pathophysiology from Federal University of Rio De Janeiro and completed his Neuroscience residency at the university in 1997.
In one of Moll’s groundbreaking research papers, he and a group of his colleagues examined the altruistic tendencies in soccer fans. As one does not cogitate sport has implications towards humans advancement, Moll would think otherwise. Being part of a team or family is a critical part of survival. Would a group of individuals be more likely to donate money to anonymous fans of their own club, to fans of another club, or to keep the money for themselves. The constituents of the study were attached to an fMRI machine which shows brain activity and the particular part of the brain that is being activated will light up a certain color. The participants were given a pressure sensitive device that they would squeeze according to their motivation to the trials. The harder the participant would squeeze, the more money donated and more motivation towards the particular group. What was found was that there is a connection between the Medial Orbitofrontal Cortex and the Subgenual Cingulate Cortex which is associated with altruistic tendencies. The SCC showed the most activation when the participants were to donate to fans of their own team showing the need to fit into a team or family. The goal of the study was to further understand the mechanisms behind altruism and generosity so neuroscientists can later shape behaviors away from antisocial disorders and sports related aggression.
Jorge Moll is determined to make his mark in the Neuroscience field, and his continuous hard work and need to make a difference, is landing him in the forefront of the field.