It’s a well known fact that the world would be a better place if everyone was more altruistic. Nobody really knows why doing good things for others can make an individual feel good. This is a question many philosophers have pondered over the years. Recently, Brazilian neuroscientist Jorge Moll, with help from psychologist João Ascenso explained how altruistic behavior can impact the brain.
The brain regularly processes altruistic behavior as pleasurable events and activities. Researchers also concluded this after observing peoples brains after donating to charities. People felt the same reaction from giving as receiving in the observation.
Jorge Moll’s experiment revealed that two areas of the brain in particular activated after individuals exhibited altruistic behavior. The two regions were the Subgenual Cortex and the Septal area. These are the areas of the brain most related to a bonding experience. Like what you see with a mother and child or couple. Moll believes altruistic behavior is pleasurable because it helps the individual feel like they belong.
Jorge Moll is the founder of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education. The institute is a non-profit organization based in Brazil. It was founded to promote growth and advancement in the health sector. It is behind many cutting edge research experiments in the nation.
Jorge Moll plays a crucial part in Brazil’s medical community. He has done everything in his power to increase the country’s influence in the health sector. He holds an MD from The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as well as a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from São Paulo University.
Jorge knew early on in his life that he wanted to do something that positively impacted the lives of others. This desire has led to a great career in the medical field. If he stays on this path he will no doubt be a legend in Brazil’s medical community.