Posted December 14, 2019 03:33:20 A person is forced to make a decision on whether or not to go on an overseas trip that they’re not sure about, even if they’ve already planned the trip, a new study has found.
New research has found that when a person is faced with the prospect of a trip they don’t like, their brains can’t process information that doesn’t make sense.
When you’re in a hurry, it takes longer for you to process information, even when you’re feeling good, and this can cause problems.
Research published in the journal Psychological Science by a team of researchers from Oxford University, University of Chicago and Queen Mary University of London found that, when faced with a decision they don’ t want to take, the brain doesn’t process the information to which they would otherwise be accustomed, so it becomes difficult to make sense of the decision.
“If you want to travel, you have to make an informed decision,” Dr Simon Blackburn, the senior author of the study, said.
He said that when people were forced to take a trip that wasn’t their favourite, their decision-making skills suffered and they became less competent at decision-taking.
“We thought we’d found a way of breaking the link between the decision and the decision itself, but we were wrong,” Dr Blackburn said.
Dr Blackburn said that people should take the decision with care and take into account other important aspects of their travel plans.
The researchers recruited 14 adults who were considering whether to travel to Asia, Australia, India or New Zealand.
They were asked to attend a 10-minute online survey, which included questions about the type of travel they were considering, what kind of accommodation they wanted, and how much money they were willing to spend.
After completing the survey, participants were randomly assigned to a control condition that included no travel information and no feedback on their decision.
In the control condition, participants had no information about the travel they wanted to undertake.
Dr Martin LeBlanc, the study’s lead author, said that in the control group, they were given the same information about their plans, so they were also not aware that their decision had been made.
Dr Blackburn and his team also had participants complete a questionnaire that asked them about their mental health.
Participants were also asked about their attitudes towards travelling overseas and about the health of their own health, which is particularly important when people are worried about travelling overseas.
For the research, Dr Blackburn and colleagues asked participants to answer three questions about their experience travelling overseas:What kind of travelling did you have in mind, and what kind would you like to do?
What are some aspects of your current travel plans that you think you would like to change?
Dr Blackburn told news.com, “The main takeaway was that when you make a mental decision to travel overseas, your brain is processing information to the detriment of your decision making.”
Dr LeBlanche also said that the participants in the study were in fact able to make the decision to leave their current location without feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
“The participants who had no travel plans at all, and no information on what to expect, were able to have a rational decision making process, which makes them more likely to leave,” Dr LeBlanches said.
The findings suggest that people who are experiencing stress or anxiety when making a decision about travelling are more likely than others to be unable to process important information about a destination, and the researchers also found that they were more likely not to consider the risks associated with travel, and that they felt less capable of making a healthy decision.______