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Jorge Moll: Encouraging Everyone to Give

To give is better than to receive. The statement echoes since the ancient times and Jorge Moll researched in 2006 to prove that the proverb remains true, and science can back it up. He contacted his vast network of friends who are scientists in the profession, and one of them is Jordan Grafman. He explained to his fellow scientists the reason why he would like to research the proverb is that he wanted to know if there is an activity happening inside the brain which affects their mood and feelings. He highlighted that the volunteers must be advised to think about a scenario involving them doing a charitable act (ReginaDiass).


When the volunteers came, the study commenced. It only took a few hours for them to receive the results, and the brain scanner showed an unusual pattern of brain activities. When the volunteers were thinking about being generous and charitable, the brain reacted, and the scanner produced a lot of movement and graphs. On the other hand, the mind remained static when the volunteers thought about being selfish, and it provided Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman a clue about what is going on inside the brain when things like this unfold. The two neuroscientists concluded that whenever an individual is involved in charitable activities, the mind welcomes it and it becomes ecstatic, sending chemicals and hormones from the brain straight to the body ( Jorge Moll described the chemicals and the hormones as pleasurable, and it also explains why generous givers are feeling the phenomenon known as the “helper’s high.”


Jorge Moll thanked everyone who participated in the study, and he also published the result of the investigation. He went ahead and also thanked Jordan Grafman for his time, and together, they promised that they would do follow up research regarding the brain. For thousands of years, scholars, scientists, and philosophers could not explain the nature of morality. However, with the effort of a single man, the mysteries of morality are being unlocked one after another. Now, scientists found out that morality is well affected by chemicals and hormones playing inside the brain.