SPPSFive studies examined the effect of breadth and depth of foreign experiences on generalized trust. This abstract on Sage Journals’ Social, Psychological & Personality Science blog suggests that:

  • The breadth (number of countries traveled) but not the depth (amount of time spent traveling) of foreign travel experiences predicts trust behavior.
  • Broad foreign travel experiences increased generalized trust.
  • A focus on the differences rather than the similarities among the countries visited was critical in producing greater generalized trust.

“Across five studies, using various methods (correlational, lab experiment, and longitudinal), samples (United States and Chinese) and operationalizations (trust game and generalized trust scale), we found a robust relationship between the breadth of foreign travel experiences and generalized trust.”

Yet another reason travel is good for us all!


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