Jorge Moll and The Fascinating Results of A Study About Why Sports Fans Go Crazy For Their Teams

If you have ever caught yourself wondering why the sports fans today go crazy over their teams, a recent study featured in Science Daily argues that it has a lot to do with our brains. Officially published in Nature magazine’s Scientific Reports last November 23, 2017, this new study sourced from D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) has even revealed that this proclivity to be part of groups is considered to be a human need and a critical, indisputable phase of the hominin evolution.


Neural Basis of Prosocial Behaviour


Dr. Jorge Moll, the neuroscientist/senior author of the study, established in his research that the tendency of groups to show their support to their teams can be traced through an MRI Study. In his research, he established that there is a neural basis for such prosocial behavior that makes people feel an ingroup attachment to their chosen teams. The long series of how the study and experiment were done, with the help of a research team doing a study on 27 fans of different Brazilian soccer teams, can be read from the Science Daily. But it is enough to say here that the research’s aim to investigate the neural factors and wirings responsible for generous support for groups has shown incredible promise. The results of the study would then be able to help other group behavior research, including antisocial behavior and mental illness symptoms.


About Jorge Moll


Jorge Moll is the President-director of D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) in Rio de Janeiro. His incredible research through this center has given him the time, energy and support he needs to find better ways to deal with group behavior problems. He’s also known as the Senior Researcher of the center’s Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup.


The work he has done for the center has incredibly been rewarding for his career and to society in general. He has even received the prestigious Research Fellow NIH award from (2004-2007) and a Visiting Scholar Award at the Stanford Neuroscience Institute of Stanford University in 2015.