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Why do cities drive us crazy?
Publishing date: 13.07.2011

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There could be myriad components of the urban experience that might or might not be bad for you from the point of your risk for mental illness. No one really knows. Grist, July 11, 2011

Scientists have beendoing 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 Germanyhave conducted experimentsthat 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 stupid for getting the answers wrong.

The imaging results showed that people who lived at any point in urban areas, as opposed to small towns or rural places, had heightened response to the social stress created by the questions.

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