The Breakdown of Human Moral Behavior Seen Through the Studies of Jorge Moll

In an interview with neurologist Jorge Moll, it was discussed that human moral behavior can be explained through a series of studies from a FMRI scan; which stands for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Jorge Moll received his first one in 1996. Prior to his studies in med school which led to developed studies of his; he expressed that he had always had an interest in the human mind and a curiosity for the origin of everything (LinkedIn). In 1996 when he received his first FMRI scan he began developing studies of the human brain through motor experiments like touching of the skin, finger tapping movement, which help developed images of the working brain. These findings led Dr. Moll to explore the workings of the higher conscience of the human brain. In 1998 he teamed up with a fellow neurologist colleague of his to develop studies of the higher functions of the brain; like why people make moral judgments internally or should I say how people make moral judgements. They achieved results by presenting statements of moral content to participants of the research, but Moll felt that these studies were crude. Due to their lack of monitoring the emotions of the participants; Jorge Moll felt that was a component that needed to be controlled to narrow in on the why or how people make moral judgements. To hone in on the emotions of the participants they began to present them with pictures negative in nature; such as injustices or accidents. In their findings they were met with emotions of indignation or compassion, and through the FMRI scan they could detect that participants with legions in certain regions of the frontal lobe of the brain; some lacked empathy. While others with no legions showed compassion. Through these findings Moll was able to connect that emotions triggered by relatability showed ones moral behavior. Although this was revealed, it was also discovered that emotional attachments or connect ability were not emotions in themselves, but more of a gateway that allows emotional reactions. Some participants showed more heighten emotions in the frontal lobe region of the brain; depending on how close in connection the image being presented to them was relatable.

 

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