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Medical News & Perspectives
July 20, 2011

City Living May Shape How the Brain Processes Stress

JAMA. 2011;306(3):256. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1000

Living or growing up in a city is associated with differences in how the brain handles social stress, a team of German and Canadian neuroscientists has found in a small study (Lederbogen F et al. Nature. 2011;474[7352]498-501).

Mood and anxiety disorders are more prevalent in city dwellers, and the incidence of schizophrenia is substantially higher among persons raised in cities. But the processes underlying these effects have been largely unknown.