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Does Travelling Make You More Likely to Cheat?

Joseph Sparks

21st January 2017

It is a commonly held belief that ‘travelling broadens the mind’. However, recent research suggests that travelling may also result in immoral behaviour, and possibly even cheating.

An article in Psychology Today explores the positive and negative psychological aspects of travelling, and while travelling can increase creativity and reduce bias through ‘cognitive flexibility’, this flexibility can also promote morally questionable behaviour.

In a series of studies, Lu et a., (2017) found that increased travelling experience increases the likelihood of engaging in immoral behaviour. While the research didn’t examine romantic infidelity per se, the authors suggest that the magical allure of international travel and increase in immoral behaviour could contribute to cheating.

To read the full article, click here.

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