Despite what many wingnuts might lead you to believe, human brains are wired to reward generosity.

Neuroscientists Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman of the National Institutes of Health say experiments they conducted have led them to conclude unselfishness is not a matter of morality, The Washington Post reports.

Rather, the two say altruism is something that makes people feel good, lighting up a primitive part of the human brain that usually responds to food or sex.

Grafman and Moll have been scanning the brains of volunteers who were asked to think about a scenario involving either donating a sum of money to charity or keeping it for themselves.

They are among scientists across the United States using imaging and psychological experiments to study whether the brain has a built-in moral compass.

The results are showing many aspects of morality appear to be hard-wired in the brain, opening up a new window on what it means to be good.

Color my secular atheist ass unsurprised.

  • My interpretation (see #1) is that altruistic tendencies are a survival tool.

  • I agree completely Jill. Pretty much every aspect of “normal” human behavior can be linked to survival. We aren’t really all that different from other large-brained social animals.

    It really does take a village. We’re wired to operate in that kind of environment.

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