Jorge Moll: Why You Should Give To Gain

Sympathy is probably the strongest human instinct. According to neuroscientists in their continuous research, there is power in giving. Jorge Moll as one of the key contributors demonstrates through various experiments how the human brain positively responds to acts of kindness. The scientists disagree with previous research work, for instance, Charles Darwin’s survival for the fittest theory. According to the Darwin notion, people are wired to fend for themselves thus individual happiness and satisfaction. Nonetheless, Jorge Moll in collaboration with experts in neuroscience demonstrates how the first instinct in a human being is helping others.

The brain experts compare a human brain’s reaction to acts of love or receiving money to a reaction when giving to charity. Jorge Moll explains how the human brain is excited on practicing altruism rather than keeping the resource or time to themselves. The scientists explain the principle of “wounded healer” through Nemcova and Atlee, a couple which was separated for life by a Tsunami. While the two were on vacation, their bungalow was swept off. This was the last time Nemcova saw Atlee. Despite her survival, she was physically and emotionally injured.

However, few weeks after discharge from the hospital she embarked on a mission to help residents of Thailand that were affected by the Tsunami. Ordinarily, Nemcova would have chosen to travel far and get time alone to heal, but she chose to go back to the devastating environment. Such decisions strike questions and debates on what drives altruism in human beings and whether there are benefits attached.

In an email shared by Jorge Moll, the neuroscientists prove that there is fulfillment and happiness in giving one’s resources and time. Serving and taking care of others is the underlying function of gene replication in human beings. When two people are struggling with similar conditions, the one that reaches out to help gains self-confidence and decreases depression. According to Jorge Moll, there is selfishness in giving because when one strives to make another person happy, the helper becomes happier (

Jorge Moll is a 1994 medical graduate of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He specializes in moral cognition and cognitive neuroscience. Jorge is also renowned for his specialization in neuropsychiatric patients. Moll is also the founder of the Unit for Cognitive Neuroscience