Jorge Moll: Conducting an Interesting Brain Research

Two neuroscientists from the National Institutes of Health conducted a study about the effect of generosity and charity on the brain. They also found out the specific part of the brain where most of the action happens when someone gives for the sake of charity. Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman are the two neuroscientists who worked together tirelessly, and because of their studies, the scientific community now has a more unobstructed view of what happens inside the brain when experiencing an activity connected to altruism (PapOnline). The two neuroscientists managed to conduct a successful experiment involving few dozen individuals who agreed to have their brains scanned.


Longing to know what happens inside the brain during activities which are altruistic, Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman politely asked the volunteers to imagine two scenarios which are opposite. The first one would show them giving the money and the other one showing them keeping the money. The scanners are showing what happens inside the brain as the volunteers imagine the situation. The information gathered inside the cerebral complex would show up on the monitor, and this is what Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman would take note. There are several receptors connected to each volunteer that responds to each notion and the scenarios portraying generosity and charity were accompanied by an extreme source of activity from a small area of the brain. This area can be found on the front part of the brain, and it is responsible for the release of hormones that would make someone feel pleasure. This part of the brain is primitive, and nature felt can be compared to eating or having sex.


After the research was done, Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman concluded that altruism could be affected by some activities inside the brain. The study also showed that being generous can bring happiness and comfort to those who are giving, because of the hormones that are released by the brain. The research has been sent to different scientists across the globe, and Jorge Moll expressed his willingness to conduct another similar research. He stated that the next batch of research could be beneficial to the future of neuroscience.

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