Jorge Moll, Is giving good for the giver?

Jorge Moll received his MD in Neuroscience from the Federal University of Rio de Janiero. Mr. Moll also earned his PhD in Experimental Pathology, Sau Paulo University. Currently Mr. Moll is the President and Board Member of D’ Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR) and the Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup, a top ranked DICOM laboratory.

Jorge has a passion for world-class research and the fruits of this diligent work is what he feels can improve the lives of his fellow Brazilians. Jorge Moll a dreamer, yet practical man believes strongly in acting on ideas in which, executable plans can be formulated and collaborated with peers to make reality. Coming from a man whose daily routine consists literally of a series of collaborating meetings, Jorge cannot stress enough the value he places on the power of constructive collaboration. Mr. Moll an outstanding and active member of the scientific community has expressed his concern with the current climate of the scientific community and its lack of high risk and long terms plans (Idor.org).

The renowned neuroscientist in the mid 2000’s conducted an experiment which was in part related to a 1988 study by an economist James Andreoni’s concept of the “warm-glow giving”. Jorge Molly and fellow scientist Jordan Grafman conducted an experiment in which individuals brains where scanned using an MRI. Moll and Grafman wanted to discover what physical changes took place in the human brain when we are conducting an act of giving. The experiment tested 19 people, each with $128. Each person could either give the money away or keep it for themselves. The experiment found, that during acts of giving, primitive areas of the brain showed activity associated with sex and food. This is actually the very first evidence of a biological basis in the brain during acts of giving. This experiments proves that humans are evolving to be more compassionate and less selfish. I think we can all agree that the world can benefit from being more compassionate to our fellow human brothers and sisters.