Jorge Moll, renowned neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health, has made another great breakthrough in his field: showing there is a link between charitable behavior and the activation of the part of the brain related to pleasure from eating and sex. “What exactly does this mean?” you might ask. Well, the answer to that question is actually quite simple. It shows that altruism is not just something people employ to feel better about themselves or to reduce feelings of selfishness. Being charitable is simply just something that makes us feel good.
And this isn’t the only significant breakthrough Moll has made during the duration of his career thus far. After completing medical school in 1994 at the Federal University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, he has made many contributions to research in the neuroscience field, many spanning different aspects of altruism, a topic which seems to hold his highest level of interest. Aside from altruism, however, there are a hefty number of topics he has also explored, from language to shame and embarrassment to emotions to the effect of damage to different areas of the brain. Moll’s work has not only given other neuroscientists insight into many wonders of the brain and our behavior, but opened windows to a large amount of research and paths for other neuroscientists to take to further understanding in the field.
Dating back to the completion of his residency program in 1997, Moll’s work has only seemed to branch out, leading both himself and others down path after path of new discoveries and things to be discovered in the future (pt-br.facebook.com). His work over the past two decades has proved invaluable to both himself and other neuroscientist. I think it is safe to say we probably would not have had the same level of understanding about our behaviors and the brain were it not for Jorge Moll.