How Jorge Moll is Connecting Neuroscience to Morality

As the current president of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education, Jorge Moll is has become well known in the field of Neuroscience throughout the years. Based out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Moll has conducted numerous studies researching the effects of Altruism and morality on the brain. One study conducted in 2006 by Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman examined how brains of volunteers reacted to thoughts of doing good for others. What was discovered was that those thoughts stimulated the same part of the brain that responds to sex and food (https://br.linkedin.com/in/jomoll). This discovery points towards claims of altruism being a part of human nature. What was originally thought to be a personal mental power that suppressed basic urges has now been seen as a basic part of the brain that is pleasurable.

In recent years, Jorge Moll has been conducting more research into how neuroscience is connected to morality. That study in 2006 showed a correlation between the basic instincts of the human brain and the morality of helping the less fortunate. Expanding on that is Moll’s current study of “Neural correlates of human values and motivations” uses fMRI scans to examine the brain’s response to human motivations and values. These scans and behavioral measures allow Moll and other scientists to learn more about how brains are affected by human motivations. These studies give new insights into how learning more about the foundations of morality will help solve problems of social behavior in society (ReginaDiass).

Thanks to the studies conducted by Jorge Moll, society will be better able to help those with social behavioral problems. These studies give an explanation to how actions of empathy and altruism are pleasurable to people in the same way that food and sex are. Jorge Moll’s studies have sparked a new discussion of morality and he continues his work on the subject to expand the study of morality beyond just a psychological nature.

 

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