Jorge Moll Studies the Brain and Emotions

Jorge Moll has many diverse talents. He is a researcher, neuroscientist, and businessman. He is CEO of one of the most well know hospital groups in Brazil. It is called The Institute of Research and Education. His work with technology has made the healthcare system in Brazil more streamlined and efficient.


He pushed to have Sutter’s Health Google glass used in the hospital system. This tool helps the doctors to communicate with their patients more easily and saves time too. His work in technology has made their healthcare system more productive and patient-friendly. His studies on altruism and emotions have been published in well-known magazines.


Jorge Moll lectures about the healthcare system in Brazil as part of his work. A recent study he conducted was about why sports fans are so passionate about their teams. Belonging to a group is a basic instinct of human nature. His study was published in Nature’s Scientific Reports.


This study revealed the altruistic nature of soccer fans through an MRI study. Dr. Jorge says that a unique aspect of human nature is the attachment individuals have to groups. He believes the neural study was very important to understand this concept. It was conducted by the D’Or Institute of Research and Education (


The study used 27 Brazilian soccer fans. Each group had to decide about donations and during this process, the MRI study captured how human brains functioned while making these decisions (LinkedIn). The overall purpose of the study was to investigate the neural mechanisms in the brain that caused altruistic behavior.


Learning about these neural mechanisms lead to developing brain techniques that can address antisocial behaviors, aggressive behavior, and psychiatric symptoms. Jorge Moll says that many more years of using neurofeedback in studies will be needed to give studies credible results.


These studies Jorge Moll concluded could lead to training men and women to learn to have empathy, compassion, and altruistic feelings for others.


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