I always like to talk about how travel provides growth and valuable personality traits that are helpful everywhere in the world including: empathy, patience, tolerance, open-mindedness and independence. It also provides and improves skills like communication and interpersonal relationship skills. While travel is helpful, actually living abroad and spending considerable time in a foreign country can make you smarter, science has proved it!
There have been several scientific studies that measured cognitive skills, creativity, problem solving and more, in those that have lived abroad compared to those that had not. Pretty consistently those who lived abroad scored higher in the different studies; for example, learning a second language improves the cortical thickness of your brain, which is responsible for memory, thought, and consciousness.
“William Maddux’s study showed that living abroad and engaging with foreign cultures improved students’ critical thinking and their ability to make connections between disparate ideas.” source
“More generally, writes Maddux, “People who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity, our research suggests.” source
And these are just a few of the things that living abroad can do to one’s intelligence. The infographic below features five cognitive benefits that improve brainpower just by living abroad.
Thanks for the infographic to Work The World
Have you lived abroad? Do you think it made you smarter or improved your cognitive skills?