In 2007, entrepreneur and medical doctor Jorge Moll, Ph.D., started his nonprofit, D’Or Institute for Research and Education. It is headquartered in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and engages in neurological research as well as education. He serves as the president of the company and routinely interacts with other researchers, students, and scientists. He also founded VHM Ventures in March 2017 in San Jose, California. This company is a venture capital fund through which he invests in startups that show promise, view more here.
In 2006, Jorge Moll collaborated on a very interesting neurological study when he worked for the National Institutes of Health. The study involved hooking volunteers up to neural monitoring equipment and then scanning their brains as they made a choice between keeping a sum of money or donating it to a charity. He and his research partner, Jordan Grafman, were astonished when the neural monitoring showed that when volunteers chose to donate the money the same part of the brain associated with getting food or having sex would light up.
Altruism has always been thought to be a choice people make, a sort of superior morality. Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman’s research showed that this isn’t really the case. People will put other people’s interests ahead of their own because it feels good, their research suggested. Centuries ago Saint Francis of Assisi had said, “For it is in giving that we receive”. Their research showed that this is scientifically sound. You may watch it here at youtube.com for more exclusive details.
Jorge Moll says that empathy is at the core of humans and other species. He points to studies about mice. Experiments have been set up where two mice are placed in nearby cages. When one eats the mouse in the other cage gets shocked. Jorge Moll says that once the eating mouse realizes what is happening when they eat they will start forgoing doing so out of concern for the other mouse.
So far during his career Jorge has written over 130 research papers. Other researchers have cited his work almost 6,000 times. Much of his research is on morality as well as other areas of behavioral neuroscience.
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