Did you know that acts of kindness, selflessness, empathy, and even donating to worthy causes have similar impacts on the brain as feelings of romantic pleasure and food? This was the conclusion of a study conducted by Jorge Moll and his fellow researcher Jordan Grafman. The two neuroscientists had sought to investigate the effect of acts of altruism on a human brain. This study targeted individuals participating in donor activities and those who didn’t.
Jorge molls would then ask either individual to recount their experience after donating or their feelings after the decision to hold onto the cash. His team would also subject these individuals to further questions aimed at helping understand the influence of their actions on their brain. And all the while, the participant’s brain activities would be monitored by yet another team.
The research found that these acts of selflessness and altruism activated the part of the brain associated with happiness and pleasure. Jorge Moll and his team also came to the realization that these trigger similar effects in the brain as sex and romantic feelings or food. He supports this research with the argument that giving back triggers and pleasurable responses in the brain. The phrase, ‘if it feels good it is probably right’ would also find its origin from this research.
More about Jorge Moll
Jorge is the current founder, president, and director of the D’Or Institute for research and education. As a neuroscientist by profession, Jorge has dedicated his life towards helping more individuals and psychologists gain a better understanding of the human brain. A fact that he hopes to achieve through constant research and study of human brain and their impacts on the brain activity
He and his team of resea5rchers at D’Or institute hope that doing this can help them identify non-chemical problems to common but mild mental health problems like stress and depression. For instance, the fact those pleasurable activities are known inhibitors of stress factors. Jorge and his team are therefore on course to proving that engaging and engaging in more feel-good activities can go a long way in fighting off stress and depression in individuals.