Jorge Moll Explains The Pleasure of Altruism

Jorge Moll, a neurologist, and president of the D’OR Institute for Research and Education has been studying the effects of altruism in the brain. In the study, they asked volunteers a series of questions while observing their brain activity using a functional magnetic resonance imaging. The study showed that the area of the brain that is activated by pleasurable events and activities lit up when they donated to charities. The study showed that this altruistic behavior might be pleasurable to the people doing the action.


The action lit up two portions of the brain the Subgenual Cortex and the Septal area. These two areas of the brain have associations with feelings of attachment and belonging. These areas of the brain are what is triggered when a mother and child are bonding, or when you are in a romantic relationship.


Jorge Moll is the president of the D’OR Institute for Research and Education. It is a nonprofit organization whose main goal is to promote scientific research and technological progression in healthcare . The Institue headquarters is in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. They offer specialized courses, professional training, and academic internships. They also offer residency programs. The institute develops a variety of clinical initiatives in their areas of expertise. The areas include Intensive and Internal medicine, neurology, oncology, and pediatrics.


Jorge Moll graduated from medical school from Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1994. He completed his residency in neurology at the same university in 1997. He has also obtained a Ph.D. in experimental Pathophysiology at the São Paulo University in 2004. Jorge Moll also works as the senior researcher and head of the cognitive neuroscience unit at the D’or Institute. He has received the fellow NIH Award from 2004 to 2007. He also received the visiting scholar award at the Stanford neuroscience institute in 2015.


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