Neuroscience is an advanced discipline that involves studying disorders of the brain, spine and nerve cells. Together, these are the three components, which make up the central nervous system (CNS). Thanks to contributions by individuals such as Brazilian Neuroscientist Jorge Moll, the field is gaining exposure, which helps with funding for extensive research and diagnostics.
Jorge Moll attended Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he completed his residency and earned an MD in Neuroscience. Jorge then went on to obtain his Doctor’s of Philosophy degree in Experimental Pathophysiology from the University of São Paulo (USP). What makes Jorge unique is that despite being very successful as a career individual, he never lost sight of his dream to become an entrepreneur. When interviewed about his business endeavor, Jorge said that at the center of it all was his desire to, ”start a company that meets the needs of people.”
One area of Neuroscientific research in which Jorge has made significant strides is uncovering how a person’s brain can affect cognitive behavior. He used 25 study volunteers to examine their brain mapping patterns. This biofeedback was compiled into a study format to determine the template for empathy and altruism. The purpose of the study was to learn how some people can switch off the “box” for empathy, caring, and tenderness. Jorge Moll’s research is expected to have a significant impact in the future when he incorporates patients who have been identified as, “psychopaths.” Moll believes that it will be interesting to see how the brain mapping works with actual psychopaths because they’ve “never felt a droplet of tender feelings.”
In addition to being an entrepreneur and a prominent Neuroscientist, Jorge Moll is also a husband and father of five. He lives in Brazil with his wife and kids. It was thoughts of hugging his children that lead him to the cognitive behavior study (http://likepage.com.br/2017/12/por-intermedio-de-jorge-moll-idor-estudou-efeitos-fisicos-das-boas-acoes-aos-seres-humanos/). He recalled being overwhelmed with feelings of tenderness and love when he deliberately retrieved a memory where he felt most empathic. This is what he asked the study participants to do, go back and remember their earliest memory of empathic feelings.