Jorge Molls’ experiment on how the brain relates to moral judgement

Jorge Moll and he’s colleague Jordan Grafman were busy scanning the brains of various volunteers who had been asked to imagine a scenario whereby they either had to donate a sum of money to charity or keep it for themselves. Jorge Mole a neuroscientist at the National Institute of health barged into the room, and the two scientists stared at each other. “Whoa — wait a minute!” shouted Grafman as he looked down at the results showing that when this volunteer placed other people’s interests before their own, their generosity sparked primitive sections of the brain that usually brightens up in response to either sex or food. This was a superior moral character that suppresses selfish urges, Altruism.


Jorge Moll and others are using psychological experiments and brain imaging to study whether the brain has some built-in moral compass. The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro graduate and Ph.D. holder alongside his fellow scientists published that in recent times many aspects of morality are wired into the brain, Most likely as a result to evolutionary processes that had begun in other species., this, however, was an unexpected result.


Leopards or giraffes do not experience moral agitation or remorse in the same way humans do, or no one can prove if they do because no one has been into either of their heads, but surprisingly it has been seen that there are known to sacrifice their interests. What Jorge Molls’ experiment is showing is that morality has biological roots, just like the section of the brain that lit up during the experiment.


In one of the experiment more of Jorge Molls’ neuroscientist colleagues did was that patients with damage at a specific area on the brain known as the ventromedial prefrontal cortex could not find answers to different moral questions or situations ( If such a situation where there moral standing was questioned came up, they would simply go with the end justifies the means answer. Such an experiment has two important findings, that is, morality is just not about the decisions people make but also the process by which we arrive there.


Jorge Moll having done a thesis in moral judgment and sensitivity points out that multiple experiments suggest that morality comes up from basic brain activities.