Well-known medical expert Jorge Moll made known the results of a study that determined why it feels so good to help others.
Neuroscientists Moll, Jordan Grafman and colleagues at the National Institute of Health found when people give to charities it motivates areas of the brain that are linked to pleasure and confidence which produce a warm glow effect or the positive heart warming feeling people receive from being of assistance to others. Learn more about Jorge Moll at Google Scholar.
While performing a scan of the brains of the volunteers who were asked to think about donating to a charity, Moll and Grafman were impressed with the results that demonstrated the volunteers placed the concerns of others ahead of their own, (www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/27/AR2007052701056.html).
Moll and his colleagues also asked the volunteers about their participation with charitable organizations and discovered how doing good can make them feel good as well.
He is the founder and current head of D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR), Rio de Janeiro and of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit. He previously held the position of visiting research scholar at Stanford University as well as research fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Read more about Jorge Moll at crunchbase.com.
Moll has been the recipient of the Research Fellow NIH Award, elected governors board member of the International Neuroethics Society and elected affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.
In addition to this study, Jorge Moll also recognizes the value of the psychological methods and mechanisms of the nervous system that standardize human preferences and how they are defined by principles and adapted by experiences and cultures.
His published articles include The neural basis of human moral cognition; The neural underpinnings of moral values; The neural correlates of moral sensitivity among others.
Moll received his MD from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Experimental Physiopathology from Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz da Universidade de Sao Paulo.