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FENS 2020 | The effects of urban living on the brain

Mood and anxiety disorders are more prevalent in city dwellers than in those residing in the countryside. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, MD, PhD, Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany, discusses how urban life can affect the way the brain functions. Prof. Meyer-Lindenberg reveals that there are two structures of a circuit involved in regulating negative emotions and stress that are specifically impacted by living in a city, the amygdala and the cingulate cortex. This interview was recorded during an online conference call with The Video Journal of Neurology (VJNeurology).