Neurologist Jorge Moll Performs Research Into Why People Are Nice To One Another

Jorge Moll, Ph.D., was asked in a recent interview why he had decided to create the D’Or Institute of Research and Education in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. His answer was that it was the completion of a dream project for him. He wanted to help Brazil by placing in it a world-class organization dedicated to education and research in the healthcare industry.

As the president and this organization as on its board, Jorge Moll pushes forward the understanding of neurology in Brazil.

Jorge Moll as a MD in neuroscience and a Ph.D. in experimental pathophysiology. The first of these degrees was earned at the Federal University of Rio de Janiero in 1997 while the latter one he earned at Sao Paulo University in 2003. He was a research fellow for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) for a number of years before he launched his institute.

There are two departments at the D’Or Institute which he personally directs. The first of these is the Neuroinformatics Workgroup. His leadership has resulted in this department becoming one of the world’s most highly regarded imaging and diagnostic labs. He also heads the Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Unit which researches how the human brain functions.

One really interesting research project that Jorge Moll was involved in was the science behind why people give things to others. Most people intrinsically understand why it is better to give than to receive. Jorge Moll asked the question of why that would be the case and decided to seek out the scientific answer to it ( His research showed that it is more survival of the kindest rather than survival of the fittest that is one of the basic laws of human brains.

Humans give birth to children that simply can’t do much for themselves for years. This is partially why Jorge Moll’s research showed that people want to help others, especially their offspring. For years neurological researchers thought everyone was basically selfish. Research like Jorge Moll’s shows this really isn’t the case at all and instead humans are a cooperative species where people gain by collaborating.