The Scientist, the entrepreneur, the Visionary: Jorge Moll

Jorge Moll M.D., Ph.D. is an established and well-accomplished neurologist and neuroscientist. Dr. Moll has published in numerous world-renowned scientific journals such as Nature Neuroscience, Scientific Reports, and PNAS. In which Dr. Moll has written extensively on the altruistic nature of Humans (Interview). Dr. Moll’s work suggests that human altruism stimulates the same part of the brain as when monetary rewards are obtained. In fact, Dr. Moll’s work suggests that the same region of the brain that is activated by donations and altruistic gestures is the very same region of the brain that is activated by food, sex, drugs, and money. This region of the brain, known as the fronto-limbic network is critical to regulating the septo-hypothalamic function. The septo-hypothalmic function is key to social attachment. Stimulation of this network results in the release of neuromodulators, or brain chemicals that are known as “love” chemicals such as oxytocin. Interestingly, when immediate self-interest, costly decisions, or moral beliefs are in conflict, the region of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex, the area responsible for planning and decision making, is activated. Suggesting that altruistic decision making is highly complex.

Jorge Moll is Founder and head of D’or Institute for research and education (IDOR) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Moll has been recognized by the National Institute of Health with awards and distinctions. In 2015 Jorge Moll was awarded visiting scholar award by Stanford Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University.

While Dr. Jorge Moll has experienced failures due to “not obtaining the results I want or having the results take too long.” Jorge goes on to state that part of being successful is “to not hold on to ideas and plans for too long. Either run with them or move on to the next one as quickly as possible.” Rather it is more beneficial to do “interesting things” And “question your model”.


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