Does Travel Affect the Brain?

Your Brain on a Plane

To begin, I’d like to start with a disclaimerthat says This is not an article written by a neuroscientist. In the following article I will examine, research studies, and then make my own wild assertions about the nature of traveling in relation to the psyche and personality however it is possible, but not necessarily it is possible that my claims are not completely accurate.

The first time I started to travel was when I was just a few years old. I was able to crawl, so I’m told to the other side of the davenport that was orange. There uninterested by my current situation, I attempted to make my way towards the kitchen. This was the beginning of my love for exploration, of exploring unknown frontiers. It was like traveling across oceans to discover new continents, I’m certain.

As I grew older my passion for travel remained unwavering, but tools were available to help ease the burden like maps, mobiles, kayak.com, and so on. It is likely that there are certain psychological benefits associated with traveling. It’s a desire that many people have. Everyone would like to visit Vegas or to swim with Whales or find out what Japan is doing. Similar to listening to a brand new song makes you smile and fills you with joy and joy, travelling you would think could bring about new, exciting experiences.

A BRAIN, NOT TRAVELLING

In the end, this could be the case. The Journal of Person and Social Psychology researchers looked into the behavior of a sample of German students that travelled half abroad to study, the other half of them did not. It was not surprising that the portion that didn’t travel showed little change: same routines for social networks, similar levels of agreement and health, as well as a general perceived “happiness”. The other half who did travel we repeatedly and consistently found to show several modifications. Travelers tend to have an increase in what’s known as “openness to experience”, that is, the desire to change and grow by experimenting with new experiences. The study also found an increase in their emotional stability in comparison to their counterparts. I’m thinking that their peers might be a bit saddened by reading that study.

In a separate study that was that was published by the same journal, the connection between travel to other countries and creativity was examined. The author claims that by studying a variety of tasks with different lense (he employs an example of social rules to be served a meal) People are more likely to realize that there are many answers to one question. Although this argument may be a bit shaky when viewed in this light however, it is claimed that through thinking about the possibilities of diverse cultural experiences the ability to think in a creative manner is increased. My understanding of how this may be the case is that a wider variety of experiences can lead individuals to think about a wider and more varied variety of ideas. It’s obvious for someone to study the theatre and math is likely to have more varied ways to deal with the challenges of life as opposed to someone who has only was a student of both. This is because seeing various cultures and learning diverse ways to deal with similar situations will increase the understanding of the concept of multiple systems which could lead to increased creativity.

Recent studies have been published that suggest developing more skills to be the primary way to keep the brain alert. There are a variety of mental “games” in the digital world that aim to enhance mental memory and critical thinking and other cognitive abilities. Recently, however scientists are discovering that the best method to improve mental acuity is to keep the mind focused on something fresh, such as making quilts or juggling kittens. The new experiences are crucial to maintaining our minds’ focus.

Similar to this, Paul Nussbaum, of the neuroscience department. located at The University of Pittsburg says that “When you expose your brain to an environment that’s novel and complex or new and difficult, the brain literally reacts”. The emergence of bright new dendrites results from the brain’s efforts to categorize and process different unexpected stimuli.

The benefits of traveling for physical reasons can be seen, since those who don’t have a holiday every year are found to have an increase of 30% of suffering from heart disease. When you consider that those who travel more frequently are able to access health treatment, research has shown that travel has beneficial, positive effects that are restorative to physical health.

So there you have it. If you’re looking to be innovative and have a good time, feel more comfortable and live a more fulfilling life, you must get on a train, boat or plane or bicycle. As with everything, limiting your consumption will likely help you. Being constantly on the move will have certain risks like a lifetime of couch-potatocity. Do yourself a favor and explore the world. Or at the very minimum there are some roads you do not have to take.

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