this just in: city living damages your brain!

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After years and years of reading about how urban life is so intellectually and socially invigorating, and how the suburbs in contrast are soulless and cold and isolated, I can't help but feel just a little bit smug myself after seeing this article from

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.

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