Jorge Moll Is Learning How Empathy Works In The Brain

Jorge Moll is heading up a research project that utilizes ordinary brain scans and adapts biofeedback practices to help people experience stronger feelings of compassion and empathy. The goal is to use these findings to develop a treatment for mental illnesses that doesn’t rely on drugs. If successful, depression, autism, and even psychosis may all be treated in this way.

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jorge Moll leads his research at the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit at D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR). He says he’s following the studies others have conducted in mapping emotions in the brain, but adds that studying empathy presents some unique challenges. Due to the effects that empathy has on the mind, Jorge says it’s necessary to study several different regions of the brain all at once.

Dr. Moll says team is interested in how helping others and trying to do good affects the mind. He believes that, through learning more about this process, others can be taught to be more empathetic. The software Moll and his team uses analyzes the brain patterns in three distinct emotional experiences. This helps to identify traits that are specific to altruism and empathy.

 

About Jorge Moll

As a researcher, Jorge Moll focuses on how psychology and the physiology of the brain affects choice in people. He is the president, director, and a member of the regulatory board for D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) (Crunchbase). Dr. Moll also serves as the Head of Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup at the organization.

Jorge has also been honored by his peers and has received several awards highlighting his achievements. He was honored with the Research Fellow NIH award (2004-2007) and was elected to be an affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2008.

Dr. Moll has published several articles on his research, as well. His works have appeared in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, The Journal of Neuroscience, and Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience to name a few (http://medicaldailytimes.com/doctors/jorge-moll-advanced-study/3675/). Jorge Moll attended the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and the University of Sao Paulo.

Businessman & Philanthropist Perry Mandera Does It All

For too many companies mission statements or slogans are just empty, meaningless words. But for Perry Mandera, founder of The Custom Companies INC, and subsequently the Custom Cares Charities INC., the motto: “One Call Does it All” is simply his way of life. This motto makes sense, as Mandera has done such a wide variety of things in his life — from his service in the Marine Corps, to his interest in politics, to his relentless efforts to give back to the community in his home town of Chicago, Illinois (Ideamensch).

Professionally Perry Mandera has grown The Custom Companies INC into one of the most widely respected transportation companies in the entire United States. By being a truly one stop shop for logistical support, The Custom Companies have become the trusted full-service transportation provider of numerous Fortune 500 companies due to their reliability and ability to provide a breadth of services to make sure that every company has their unique and specific needs met. Mandera’s prolific career in transportation has even earned him a coveted spot in the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millenium” surely a testament to Mandera’s lengthy and dynamic career that has now spanned decades.

What separates Perry Mandera from so many philanthropists is that he sees it as more than just a source of some good PR for him and his company, he truly believes in his mission. Take for instance his work and support with the Illinois State Crime Commission (ISCC), an organization dedicated to providing positive interactions between law enforcement and residents, Mandera has been so instrumental in providing the ISCC help they even awarded him their Citizen of The Year Award in 2011. Perry also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jesse White Tumblers, one of the most celebrated charitable organizations in the state of Illinois. His transportation knowledge lent a helping hand in delivering 6,500 winter coats to needy children in the Chicagoland area. His extremely varied and impressive philanthropic career puts his “One Call Does It All” motto to usage outside of the business arena — and the results are magnificent.

Calling Perry Mandera a modern day renaissance man is not too far from the truth. Perry Mandera’s military service, business acumen, and philanthropic giving all play major parts in Perry Mandera’s life. How he finds the time to balance these three aspects of his life in addition to being a family man is hard to figure out, that is until you consider that the man who lives by “One Call Does It All” can also be thought of as the One Man Who Does It All.