What is Neuro-Urbanism?
Does city living affect our mental health? Statistics suggest that city dwellers are at greater risk of suffering from some kind of stress-related disorder. They are 1.4 times more likely to suffer from depression; the figure is 1.2 times for anxiety. It would seem that urban living has some kind of effect on city dwellers’ minds. Having said that, people living in cities benefit from the better education and more sophisticated medical care that cities offer. “Neuro-urbanism” is a new scientific approach that aims to investigate the connection between cities and the psyche of their inhabitants. It was coined by an academic work group initiated by the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, which, through its Interdisciplinary Forum on Neuro-Urbanism, continues to research and provide the organisational framework for this key topic. With an award: the Initiative "Germany – Land of ideas" has selected the Forum Neurourbanistik 2018 as one of 100 special innovations.