For thousands of years, scientists are puzzled about how the brain affects morality. There is a belief that what happens inside the brain determines the moral values of an individual. Jorge Moll, a neuroscientist from Brazil, worked with several colleagues from the medical sector to conduct experiments and study how the human brain works. During their research, they have shown their volunteers a series of scenario which involves being generous and being selfish. They also used specialized equipment that would scan the brain for activities that would highlight how it would respond to several scenarios that are being shown to them. Jorge Moll and his team were surprised how the brain actively responded and moved as they were being presented with situations related to being generous. Hormones were also released from the brain that causes the volunteers to feel a different kind of pleasure, comparable when eating a delicious food or when engaging in sexual activity. On the other hand, the brain does not exhibit any responses when the selfish scenario plays out, and no hormones were released. Follow Jorge Moll on Linkedin.
Through this experiment, Jorge Moll and his team found out that there is a specific place in the brain which creates chemicals that causes its responsive actions. They also concluded that being charitable causes someone to feel pleasure because of the hormones released by the brain. Its correlation to morality is that people tend to do more good because of the light-hearted feeling that they feel, all related to the hormones released by the brain. Watch this video on youtube.com.
Jorge Moll is now encouraging everyone to give because of its health benefits. Giving something would result in a pleasurable experience, and everyone should experience it once in a while. Today, Jorge Moll is actively working with his colleagues to find out more information about morality and how the chemicals released by the brain would affect how an individual feels. Neuroscience is one of the most complex scientific fields, and people like Jorge Moll are sacrificing their time and energy to make the subject matter easier to understand. However, despite the advancement in technology, there are still mysteries within the field of neuroscience waiting to be unlocked.