Jorge Moll: Explaining the Brain’s Hidden Area

Jorge Moll is fascinated with the correlation between morality and Science. He always wondered how the two are related, which is why he decided to experiment in 2006 along with a colleague named Jordan Grafman. Together, they invited several volunteers who would be observed, and as the study progresses, the two neuroscientists would be looking inside a brain scanner and see how the brain reacts to two different thoughts. The first idea would be about generosity and giving, while the second one would be about selfishness and being self-centered. The volunteers started closing their eyes and imagined what Jorge Moll wanted them to think. As the volunteers close their eyes and thoughts began to appear inside their mind, the two neuroscientists were surprised in what they have seen in the brain scanner’s monitor. Learn more about Jorge Moll at Google Scholar.

Jorge Moll noticed that the brain’s activity increases everytime the volunteers think about generosity. The monitor produces several graphs and movements on the mind, making them conclude that human brain tends to be more active when they give something. On the other hand, when they examined those who have thought about selfishness, nothing happens. This made Jorge Moll conclude that the brain is designed to be more active when giving, and do nothing when the person decides to be selfish. Another milestone of the study conducted by Jorge Moll is the discovery that there is a small area of the brain which comes out when an individual is engaged in a free activity. Read more about Jorge Moll at

The two neuroscientists have observed the small area inside the brain, and it only appears after an act of generosity has been performed. They have seen through the brain scanner that this small area inside the brain is responsible for sending hormones and other chemicals from the brain to the other parts of the body, explaining the pleasure that one feels when they decide to become generous. According to the volunteers, they felt something warm and light, and Jorge Moll told that this is because of the “helper’s high,” a phenomenon which is tied closely to those who are giving religiously and those who are not selfish.