Based on the brain scans that Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman have been doing to volunteers, they have discovered a revolutionary way of understanding generosity. What they found was that there is actually real technical science behind generosity when, for thousands of years, the term regarding altruism has been used as a moral gauge. Almost never was altruism liked to the effects that it can have on our well-being and was often related to religion and moral choices.
Based on the brain scans that Jorge Moll monitored from the volunteers, generosity can activate a primitive part of the brain, one that is related to our sensors and our feeling of happiness and accomplishment. That means that a part of our brain clicks, which makes people feel good in the same way that any individual feels when having sex with their partners or eating their favorite foods. Visit Jorge’s profile on facebook.com.
This discovery by Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman is revolutionary in a sense that we can improve our understanding of generosity or the lack of it. For example, this may hold the key to understanding why other people are more willing to sacrifice others, while others, without even a moment of hesitation, would sacrifice themselves to save a hundred others.
As for the extreme cases of psychotics and mass murderers, a lot of them have brain scans that show that they have damaged a part of their brain that has an effect on a person’s morality, health, and well-being as well.
To some, this discovery is worrying, and maybe understandably so, because, for them, it downgrades generosity into something that is actually selfish. Their point is that, if we’re only generous because it activates pleasure points in our brain, then charity itself might be a selfish thing. However, they do not account for the thousands of people that are saved by philanthropy and compassion every day.
Jorge Moll is a top neuroscientist whose passion is to discover more of the brain’s complexities and revolutionize ways to understand how we think about human behavior. Jorge Moll thinks that, while he understands the worries of some people about their discovery on how the brain works with generosity, he believes that we can and should use this to understand more about people and how we should treat them. Visit Ideamensch to know more about Jorge Moll.