Jorge Moll: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain

Jorge Moll is one of the most successful neurologist, credited for discovering a hidden chamber inside the brain that is responsible for releasing hormones that are activated when someone is in a state of generosity. Jorge Moll has been wondering why some people are feeling warm and fuzzy everytime they are trying to act generously. He wanted to know if there could be a scientific explanation why this phenomenon is happening, so he conducted an experiment in 2006 to determine the cause of this event. He partnered with some neurologists who are also experts in their own field, and he conducted a meeting on how the study would take place.


After the planning stage, Jorge Moll invited 25 individuals who would be the subject of the experiment. He told them that their minds will be read by a machine while thinking about a hypothetical scenario. The subjects were taken inside an empty room, and various apparatus were attached to their bodies. These devices are connected to a central computer where Jorge Moll and his colleagues will be watching. The first scenario would require the subjects to think about themselves being generous of doing a charitable work. Jorge Moll observed that during this scenario, the brain activity of the subjects are at maximum, moving at a strong pace. Then, he asked the subjects to think about a scenario which depicts themselves as selfish individuals. The computer showed no activity this time, prompting Jorge Moll to conclude what they have found out during the experiment.


He published the study on a scientific journal, and stated that the brain is very active everytime it thinks about a scenario involving charitable works and generosity. On the other hand, the brain tends to be inactive if it thinks about being selfish. He also discovered that a small chamber inside the brain is responsible for releasing hormones that causes someone who gives it being charitable to feel great, so there is indeed a scientific explanation regarding this phenomenon. The scientific community praised his works, and they stated that the ground breaking research about the brain could help future scientists.