Scientists are testing the idea that the stress of modern city life is a breeding ground for psychosis.
Global urbanization is making the question an urgent one, writes Alison Abbott. She reports that « a few scientists are tackling the question head on, using functional brain imaging and digital monitoring to see how people living in cities and rural areas differ in the way that their brains process stressful situations. »
« .. if scientists can work out what aspects of the city are the most stressful, » says Abbott, « the findings might even help to improve the design of urban areas. »
« ‘Everyone wants the city to be beautiful but no-one knows what that means,’ says Meyer-Lindenberg. Wider streets? Taller buildings? More trees? ‘Architects theorize a lot, but this type of project could deliver a scientific basis for a city code.’”
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