11 Jul '11, 5pm

Why do cities drive us crazy?: via @grist

Why do cities drive us crazy?: via @grist

Could neuroscience someday get to the root of what cities do to our brains -- and our mental health? Photo: Stuart Herbert Scientists have been doing studies for years that show you are more likely to suffer from mental illness if you live in a city. What they haven't figured out is why. Now, researchers in Germany have conducted experiments that they believe might begin to get at the neuroscience behind the crazy-making nature of urban areas. Publishing in the journal Nature, a group led by Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg of the University of Heidelberg's Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany, looked at how social stress affected the minds of subjects, some city-dwellers and some not. They did this by asking volunteers to solve a series of increasingly difficult math problems while their brains were being imaged -- and essentially making them feel shamed and st...

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