Jorge Moll’s View on Relationship of Brain and Morality

Jorge Moll is a famous Brazilian neurologist. He is the son of a well-respected cardiologist Jorge Moll Filho. Jorge Moll attended The Federal University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Jorge is an MD graduate and he acquired his medical residency from the same University in 1998. He later advanced his academic qualifications by joining the Sao Paulo University and graduated from the institution with a Ph.D. His topic of research at Sao Paulo was Experimental Pathophysiology.

 

Leader of the Pack

Presently, Jorge Moll is a Board member of the sitting governors of D’Or Institute of Research and Education. He is also the President as well as a Senior Researcher at the Institute. He also heads the Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Unit (CBNU) and Neuroinformatics Workgroup IDOR.

 

Research Experts

Jorge Moll alongside Jordan Grafman did their research at the National Institutes of Health. They were evaluating brains of volunteers who were put to a virtual scenario that involved giving out money to a charity or retaining it. The results of their research surprised them. They found that prioritizing the interests of others triggers a part of the brain that is receptive to food or sex. According to the study, compassion is natural to the mind.

Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman are trying to determine the presence of an inbuilt moral compass in the human brain. The results are continuously proving that morality is natural to the brain system. They suggest that this occurrence could be a result of evolution. Different researchers have documented finding that tends to show that morality has biological roots. For example, in Grafman’s experiment, the part of the brain triggered is a reward center.

Over time, research has also shown that empathy lays the foundation for morality. It is through experience that a creature comprehends what the other is going through. Philosophers and theologians like to base their arguments on research despite the contradictions it is bringing up. They also believe that morality and immorality are results of free will. However, some researchers argue that morality develops partly due to the individual’s brain chemistry. According to Jorge Moll, choosing to become moral or immoral is a challenge that requires the input of the individual’s emotions.