It's official: Living in a city is bad for your brain--or so says some new research by University of Michigan scientists. Specifically, the team of psychologists found that being in an urban environment depresses memory performance and attention spans.
It's a fascinating discovery, to say the least. Our modern society has progressed in leaps and bounds as people converse, exchange ideas and develop new technologies in urban environments. The city is an intellectual meeting place, center of commerce and transportation. But it seems from this new research that even ten minutes spent walking in a busy city street affects our core mental functions.
The researchers collected data by equipping volunteers with GPS tracking units, and having them walk different routes through Ann Arbor--some down main city streets, some through Nichols Arboretum and the University's Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The volunteers then underwent psychological tests that profiled their attention span and memory performance. Those who walked through natural environments scored significantly higher on both aspects. Fascinatingly, similar results were achieved when the subjects were subjected to a sequence of photos of urban or natural environments: 20% higher scores for those who had a glimpse of nature.
This partly explains why the stuff our political class, the BBC and the media come up with is such utter nonsense. They spend all their lives either hanging out with other fuckwits or trolling around Islington.