People have been accused of their diminishing empathy causing scientists to look for a way to manage the situation. Using brain scans and traditional biofeedback techniques, scientists have managed to increase individual’s feelings of responsiveness and affection. This can be helpful to the treatment of people with mild autism, postpartum depression or even complete psychopaths. According to Jorge Moll, the Director of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit at IDOR in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the study of complex emotions linked up to empathy in the brain is the first one.
Study of Altruism
Though the idea is not wholly new, they are aiming at emotions that lead to altruism, making up for mistakes, and the quest to be better persons. Jorge and his team are mapping these emotions and training people in them. Jorge Moll explained that societal cohesion is tied to the “empathy box” saying just like Android, technological advances in computer science and neuroscience have made it possible.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a brain scanner, real-time brain activity could be measured when people thought about tender times. Also, people were asked to recall a moment when they felt pleased following something good that they did as well as think neural thoughts. The study showed that people voluntarily improve their brain signatures of affection and tenderness making possible to come up with new ways of endorsing pro-social emotions while minimizing antisocial behavior. With fine tuning, Jorge Moll hopes they can help people get a hold of their anger and violent emotions. The research provides resourceful insight on dealing with a condition such as antisocial personality disorder, autism, and other unwanted feelings.
Jorge Moll Leads
Jorge Moll is an affiliate of the governing board and a renowned Brazil Senior Researcher of the IDOR, Rio de Janeiro. He serves as the Leader of the Neuroinformatics Workgroup and Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, at the same center. His research work and professionalism have won him awards and distinctions such as Research Fellow NIH award (2004-2007), and the Visiting Scholar Award, at Stanford Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University (2015). Previously he served as an affiliate of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He was also a member of governors board of the International Neuroethics Society.
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