A new peer reviewed study suggests that visiting a rough neighborhood for even a short while can leave the visitor feeling anxious and less trusting:
Students who visited a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood only briefly exhibited less trust and more paranoia than students bussed temporarily to a well-off community, according to new research published today (Jan. 14) in the open-access journal PeerJ.
“What really surprised us is that the visitors, they looked [psychologically] just like the people in the place they visited,” said study researcher Daniel Nettle, a professor of behavioral science at Newcastle University.
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