Saint Francis of Assisi once said “For it is in giving that we receive.” This quote can be reflected on an issue that has left scientists and philosophers alike, puzzled. Even though humans have evolved to survive and be self sufficient; why do they still feel gratitude from giving and doing things for others? This was a question that had interesting results following a study that was completed in 2006. “You gotta see this!” Jorge Moll, a neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health, wrote in an email following the results of the 2006 study that himself and his colleague Jordan Grafman conducted. According to the Washington Post, this study by Jorge Moll and his colleague, was interesting and groundbreaking, it argued (and helped prove) that humans may have some moral compass. The study asked the question as to whether people actually feel better by giving to charity and helping others. The results astonishingly proved to answer yes.
The neuroscientists found that humans may indeed have some form of a moral compass, that may have been passed down on an evolutionary track from another species. This study helped to argue that morality could in fact be hardwired in the brain. This would explain why humans can feel instant gratification from selfless acts of kindness and giving. Moll and Grafman helped in the end to prove that morality is not an abstract concept, but something that is more innate.
Interview.net describes Jorge Moll, the neuroscientist behind this study, as an intelligent man with a long and impactful history in the medical and science fields. Moll has always had the intent to help people who have a lower quality of life. This has proven successful, Jorge Moll got his MD in Neuroscience from the Federal University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He has also been the president of D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR) as well as the Director of the Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Unit (CBNU) and, the Neuroinformatics Workgroup (fehosul.org.br). In general, Moll has been an impactful person in the world of cognitive sciences.