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.

How the city hurts your brain – Boston.com

I KNEW IT. Take me back to the Irish countryside, please, where I felt better than I ever had before (I mean that); even small-town Ohio is too much for me anymore…

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