The Neurological Make-Up of Giving

Our leader, Lainie, likes to forward us articles that she says, “freaking fascinate” her.

green brainThese articles and web links run the gamut of YouTube videos, to what we all recieved today – a copy of a study led by the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, publishing in Oct., 2006, entitled, Human Front-Mesolimbic Networks Guide Decisions about Charitable Donation.

The title took me back to my undergraduate German Metaphysics course and the works of David Hume – which led the class to conclude that Altruistic behavior is ultimately selfish. We are good because it makes us feel good.

Today, the scientists at the National Academy of Sciences of the USA found a way to measure and scientifically prove the neurological basis for this philosophical pontification.

In the article, Moll et al explain how they “investigated the neural mechanisms of charitable donations using functional magnetic reasoning imaging.” In other words, they x-rayed the brains of nineteen voluntary participants while undergoing a series of exercises designed to activate their Altruistic “sense.”

The findings scientifically prove what had already been a philosophical reality: that the same places in the brain stimulated by receiving money are the very same places stimulated by donating money.

For a more detailed look, check out the actual article. It describes, in detail, the testing process and its results.

1 comment for “The Neurological Make-Up of Giving

  1. HelloWorld
    April 29, 2007 at 3:29 am

    Peace people

    We love you

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