The amazing studies being revealed at D’Or Institute for Research and Education which is under Dr. Jorge Moll reveals the brain functioning that leads to the motivation of soccer fans. The study tries to answer the question like, why do sports fans become so much attached to their teams. Why do they get so crazy and staunch diehards? The answer lies in their brains. This study sheds some illumination of the neural basis of prosocial conduct of people attached together by a common focus.
According to Dr. Jorge Moll, the study is very critical because human beings tend to have a unique trait of developing an attachment to their cultural groups. To conduct their research, they recruited 27 soccer fans that were to be used as a specimen in the experiment. These soccer fans were an example of a national group in our day to day life situations.
The aim of the research was to come up with the neural mechanism which is results to altruistic motivation among a group of people with a common aim. During their donation tasks, the fans’ mOFC, which is part of the brain, showed increased activities (Twitter). From this study, some brain modulation techniques can be developed to be used to solve clinical problems.
Neuroscientist Jorge Moll, the head of this study, has been at the forefront of various innovations and studies being performed in the Institute. He studied at Federal University, Brazil and graduated in Medical School in 1994. By 1997 he completed Neurology residency. He later enrolled in the University of Sao Paulo, in the Faculty of Medicine, where he did his Ph.D. in Experimental Pathophysiology. From 2004 to 2007, he was at National Institutes of Health, NINDS, Cognitive Neuroscience Section, Bethsaida, in the United States where he was for his Post-doctorate research fellow.
Currently, Jorge Moll is not only the President – Director but also the Leader of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit at D’Or Institute for Research and Education in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He is also a member of Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Society of Neuroscience, International Neuroethics Society and Brazilian Academy of Sciences.