Scientists in Brazil are trying to find out how the brain works, and how it correlates with morality. The value of morality has been embedded in people and its understanding remained a mystery. Ancient civilizations are looking into morality as a basis to create laws and it can be described as showing mercy or apathy to those who are in vain, feeling grateful and happy when something good happens, or being angered or driven away by things seen as immoral or bad. Jorge Moll, a researcher and an entrepreneur from Brazil, is working with neuroscientists, and their main objective is to fully understand the role of morality in humans. The research that they worked on for weeks has been revealed to the public through scientific journals, and these were shared among other neuroscientists who are working in the same field around the world. Learn more about Jorge Moll at Google Scholar.
The study stated that the brain has a complex evolution, and it managed to create a unique architecture and a specialized location can be found inside the brain which controls and determines a person’s morality. The brain makes several values that will determine the morality of a person, and the values from the brain are greatly affected by the environment and the society an individual lives in. Most of the time, these genetic values are transferred from the parents to their children. Jorge Moll expanded his idea that the morality is greatly affected by society by observing religions, groups, tribes, and nations. The level of morality each one showcases is unique from other groups, and according to scientists, these traits evolved for millions of years, with the complexity not only involving emotion but even the concept of what a society is.
The neuroscientists who managed to find this information used different tools to determine the value of morality of each person. According to Jorge Moll, the tool that they used was magnetic resonance, which is brain scanning equipment that records each value on an individual’s mind. They are being exposed to a number of environments, some are harsh and extreme, and some are mild and can be tolerated. Through this study, they managed to find out what morality really is. Know more about Jorge at Crunchbase.