The United Nations predicts that by 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in cities. And here, Gizmodo's Nikola Rose and Des Fitzgerald take a look at the current migration trend toward urbanization and its effect on the mental health of city dwellers.
For years, the relationship between mental health and environment has been overlooked, but today researchers are beginning to more fully measure and understand the effects of the built environment on mental health:
... while mental disorders are undoubtedly manifested in neurobiological processes, we need to move beyond a focus on isolated individual brains in addressing them, begin to understand – and research – the city as a “neurosocial” space and to look at how urban life penetrates deep into the mental and neural life of city dwellers.
... Recent developments in the biological sciences have shifted our understanding of organisms and their relations with their physical and social milieu. Organisms, including human organisms, can no longer adequately be understood as enclosed systems bounded by membranes of cell, organ and skin.
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