Altruism is a debated topic in psychology. Is it natural? Is it necessary? Do humans possess it or is it a social construct? Jorge Moll’s team found the answer to this question and that answer may surprise you. Altruism isn’t just natural, our brain eats it up.
Results of Jorge Moll’s 2016 study shows that our brain fires in a way that mimics our primitive want for sex and food when we commit altruistic acts. This study shows that not only is neuroscience expanding, it’s starting to find a place in the debates of psychology.
Altruism has been a psychological and philosophical hot topic for a long time, but research in neuroscience is starting to put the old debate to rest. Psychology research has been pointing towards altruism having a biological basis for quite some time, but neuroscience is starting to prove it.
Scans of the brain during acts of altruism show that the brain is lighting up in very key areas during the act. These areas are in the parts of the brain that are responsible for lighting up when performing actions that are native to humans, such as eating and having sex (https://gazetteday.com/2018/04/jorge-moll-discovers/). It is starting to look like people may be altruistic, not because it is moral, but because the brain releases feel-good chemicals when they are.
How much impact can one man have in his countries practice of medicine? In the case of Jorge Moll, a lot. Jorge Moll is one of the most — if not THE most — accomplished practitioners of medicine in Brazil. He has been responsible for a vast expansion of medicine in his country as well as the spread of medical education.
Jorge Moll was the key player in developing the D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR). This organization promotes healthcare innovation, research, development, and education in Brazil. IDOR is probably the most important institute of medicine in Brazil, and it has rapidly expanded Brazil’s medical foundation.
This groundbreaking altruism research comes from Moll’s team at INDOR and is one of many groundbreaking studies that have come from them in the last few years (Facebook). If Jorge Moll continues on this path of excellence in the field of medicine, Brazil may become one of the countries leading neuroscience research for years to come.