Jorge Moll has been doing scientific research into areas relating to human chemical reward systems, altruism, and empathy. Moll and his team have been able to determine that altruism triggers reward systems in the brain that make us feel good.
The scientists have been utilizing a combination of both new and old techniques to learn more about this reward system. They are using brain scans and biofeedback systems to further their research in this area. They are helping people increase the emotions of affections and empathy.
Their goal isn’t ending here. They hope to create a new technique to deal with patients with mental illnesses like depression, autism, and individuals who may be psychopaths. The scientists claim their research is the first of its kind, studying complex emotions dealing with empathy in the human brain.
“Other groups have been mapping single brain regions related to emotions,” Moll began. “But to map complex emotions such as empathy, it is important to look at several parts of the brain at the same time.”
Jorge Moll and his team do not merely want to map out these emotions, they intend to teach people how to train their emotions. “We were interested in emotions that drive us to do altruistic acts, to try to correct our mistakes, to try to be better people,” Jorge Moll said to an interviewer with NBC News (https://interview.net/jorge-moll/).
The theory behind this research isn’t completely new, at least not when you take into consideration science fiction. In a novel by Philip Dick and in the famous film “Blade Runner,” similar ideas and devices were utilized. “Prospects of such a device remain in the realm of science fiction,” confessed Jorge Moll. “Recent advances in neuroscience and computer science have opened a window towards this possibility.
Jorge Moll is a neuroscientist from Brazil. He is currently the president-director and a member of the governing board for the D’Or Institute for Research and Education, also known as IDOR. The organization is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Over the years, Moll has focused his efforts in medicine in the area of psychological and neural mechanisms that govern choices and social engagement. Jorge Moll studies how these mechanisms shape the morality of the human race; he studies how he can make people healthier through culture and neurotechnological intervention. Moll received his education from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo University.