Brazilian neuroscientists have begun to reveal the nature of morality. Scientists have made the discovery the brain hides traumatic memories. As the D’Or Institute for Research and Teaching’s Director, this subject is of interest to Jorge Moll. He believes there is a deep neurobiological basis rooted in morality and feels what is important is each individual’s values and not the values themselves. He sees Brazilian society as hedonistic and feels this is influenced by creation, culture, and genetic inheritance.
Jorge Moll has studied altruism’s foundation and believes people come together through their affinities (idor.org). This can be a football team or a religion, but these emotions are distributed by the brain and linked to emotions. The adaptation of morality is a combination of abstract social concepts and emotions. The perception of what is laziness or generosity. Jorge Moll believes these concepts are processed by the anterior temporal cortex of the brain and acquire emotional relevance.
Neuroscience uses a variety of tools to understand the networks of the brain, and brain activity is measured with magnetic resonance. This is how Jorge Moll participated in a classic study regarding altruism. In 2006, the team’s results showed making money and donating activate the same reward system. Another moral compass is the study of psychopaths because their lack of morality indicates a neuropsychiatric disease. Although they have the capability to make moral judgments, their actions are not in accordance.
According to Jorge Moll, there is a large capacity for attachment in human beings. The people who help guide his life and share his affinities are the ones he values and clings to. He believes attachment is important regarding human morality but can lead to irrational attitudes when without discernment and in excess. He sees this when a team is defended despite playing poorly, or a political party receives support when they are unable to admit to crimes perpetrated by the party or their members. Morality is now seen by researchers as an emerging property. Select behaviors evolved because they guaranteed the individual would survive. When values are violated or threatened, a society can lose values and become easy to manipulate.