A recent study by D’Or Institute for Research and Education has revealed a very interesting behavior in human beings. The aim of the research was to identify why soccer fans have immense enthusiasm for the teams that they supported. The revelation of the study was that human beings have a form of in-group possessive habit rather than an out-group relation. Humans naturally love to identify with a particular group and shun from another one.
The study was headed by Jorge Moll. This renowned medical practitioner is a qualified neuroscientist. Dr. Jorge Moll agreed that all human beings like to attach themselves to cultural groups for the purpose of survival. During the study lead by Jorge Moll, the researchers collected together 27 soccer fans from Brazil. The fans supported different teams. The individuals were asked to donate their funds to the following groups of people:
- a) Anonymous fans who supported similar teams to them.
- b) Anonymous fans who supported different teams.
- c) Keep the money to themselves if they were not willing to donate it.
The fans’ thoughts were monitored using a functional magnetic resonance (FMR) instrument. The function of the scanner was to capture the brain functioning of each individual. With this data, it was possible to decode the in-group tendencies as well as the altruistic based decisions.
The study revealed that the fans had little difficulty in donating money to anonymous fans who supported similar teams to them. However, most of them declined to give funds to fans who supported their opponents. Also, most of the fans were comfortable with keeping the money to themselves. In a nutshell, the study shows that humans find it very easy relating to people who share similar interests with them.
Dr. Jorge Moll is the director of D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR). He has been for many years trying to identify what causes certain behaviors in human beings. His interest lies in learning the psychological and neural mechanisms that determine human behavior. He is highly experienced in the field of neural science. Dr. Jorge Moll has also written numerous publications that have been very helpful to neural science scholars.