Jorge Moll And Humanity in the Brain

The brain is such an amazing and astounding thing and as time goes on we learn so much more about the human brain and how we function in our daily lives. This is largely thanks to the brilliant scientists and medical doctors that are currently performing many studies to better understand the brain and its functions. Jorge Moll is a respected neurologist and he recently completed a study with his colleague, Jordan Grafman that focused on the brain and its reaction to morality. When a number of participants had their brains scanned when asked a series of questions relating to inheriting a large amount of money and what they would do with it, their inherent desire to help others presented itself.

If a person was given a large sum of money and they had the option to either keep the donation for themselves or to donate it to somebody who was in need, many people chose to donate the money and help someone else. This is a great move towards our faith in humanity however, Moll and Grafman were surprised by what they saw on the brain scans. When answering with the response of helping others, people’s brains lit up in portions of the brain that correspond with other positive stimuli like sex or food. These results suggest to Moll, Grafman and other professionals that it may actually be hard wired in our brain to help others in order to feel good on a personal level. Over time, we may have actually evolved to become more helpful and caring people.

It is always been believed that there are good people who care about others and wish to be helpful whenever they can. It is beneficial for us as humans to care for others but it turns out that many people have this engrained in them as something that they are required to do on a more moral level. Refusing to do so would bring down their self esteem and make them feel poorly about themselves when it comes to doing the right thing. This study provided professionals with very intriguing results and it is likely that Jorge Moll will continue to investigate these findings to see what more we can learn as moral human beings.