Jorge Moll is probably the most important man in the medical field in Brazil. His organization IDOR (D’Or Institute of Research and Education) has put Brazil on the map. The institute is not only responsible for an increase in the spread of education and an increase in structure and development in the medical community, but IDOR is responsible for a wealth of modern medical research.
Jorge Moll himself is an outstanding figure in the world of c. A player on the world stage, Moll has seen his institute grow immensely since its creation. It has a massive impact on Brazilian medicine and has brought new developments to light in medical research.
One of these studies is the altruism study of 2006. IDOR has always been active in the neurology community, but Moll’s 2006 altruism study was important. Psychology — and to a lesser extend philosophy — have been active in trying to discover the meaning of altruism. Whether it’s part of nature or if it’s just a construct has been a huge topic in both communities.
Psychology has a wealth of studies that point to it having a biological basis. However, this has never been proven. That is until Jorge Moll’s team found some evidence. It turns out that when humans commit altruistic actions, their brain explodes with feel-good chemicals. In fact, the brain explodes with the same chemicals as food and sex, not only that, it lights up in the same spot as sensations related to food and sex.
This is groundbreaking. Not only because it helps prove altruism is biological but because it gives neurology a much-deserved place in the field of psychology and philosophy. If neurology can answer a long-debated question in one study, what else can it answer? Neurology is starting to look to be an important field of study in relation to human psychology.
If neurology can help prove that humans have a social craving for altruism then it may be able to help study some other long-debated psychology questions. Perhaps Moll’s team can help answer some of the deeper more confusing questions in psychology. Why do we do what we do? Perhaps all we need is some brain scans and some neurologists, only the future will tell.