New research suggests that city dwellers are more likely to suffer from stress and anxiety than those living in the countryside because their brains are wired differently. It also seems that we are more sensitive to the experience of city living during different times in our lives.
Anyone who's been crammed on a rush-hour tube that slides to a 10-minute halt in the blackness of a tunnel will have felt their amygdala (the part of the brain that senses danger and tips the body into fight or flight mode) lurch into action. We city dwellers frequently endure – and maybe ever so slightly enjoy? – the little fizz in the heart that says tumult might be just around the corner."