Thursday, January 22, 2009

How the City Hurts your Brain

I often comment that I don't like people. Technically, that's not true. I don't like large groups of people. Oh, I can take it in small doses, but soon enough I get claustrophobic and have to escape.

The Boston Globe writes:
Now scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it's long been recognized that city life is exhausting -- that's why Picasso left Paris -- this new research suggests that cities actually dull our thinking, sometimes dramatically so.

I can't say that I'm surprised. I often don't understand how "city people" can stand it.

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