The Analysis of Brains of Contributors by Dr. Jorge Moll Reveals Some Interesting Facts
Dr. Jorge Moll is a highly successful neurologist and neuroscientist from Brazil with a number of ventures in the healthcare sector. He asks all of his patients to work as part of charity groups and encourage the people to get the joy of giving. Apart from a generous mind, he has some specific reasons to be a proponent of charity efforts and giving. It is based on some studies conducted by him and his fellow neuroscientist, Jordan Grafman, in 2007. Both were analyzing the brains of philanthropists and asked the philanthropists think of a scenario of contributing money or keeping it themselves.
When volunteers showed interest to contribute money, the kind feeling has made a stimulation at a primitive area of the brain which usually activates and respond to the sex or food. Jorge Moll confirms that altruism is not just a moral faculty overcoming the basic selfish urges, but it also a pleasurable act that induces the basic areas of the brain. Interestingly, the findings of Moll and his team gave lights to newer areas of morality and opened discussions on what is meant by good.
The team also started using psychological experiments and brain imaging to analyze whether the human brain is set up with a built-in moral compass (AgenciaOGlobo). The researchers also showed that the moral aspects are hard-wired to the human brain. The studies of Jorge Moll and his team also proved the fact of morality has its biological roots. He further added that when more researchers are conducted in the area, it proved the morality was based on empathy.
These findings are highly useful when analyzing the behavior of immoral people or judge them. Jorge Moll thinks that psychopaths do not usually feel any remorse or empathy (http://idor.org.br/midia/dr-jorge-moll-fala-sobre-emocoes). Some neuroscientists confirm that the morality comes from the basic brain activities. The studies also pointed out that people who are facing some specific brain damages are tempted to do some bad things which they are not actually responsible. The studies also showcased that people are more willing to help others who are in front of them but not to a charity which is serving someone distant.