Why Your Brain Likes Nature More Than Cities

From a story on futurity.org by Emily Halnon headlined “Why Your Brain Likes Nature More Than Cities”:

There is a scientific reason that humans feel better walking through the woods than strolling down a city street, according to a new paper.

The authors examined the question: “What happens in your brain when you walk down the street?” and they conclude that urban environments are not pleasing to the human brain.

The reason is the lack of fractals in modern architecture and spaces. Fractals are patterns that self-repeat at different scales, and they can be found all over nature in objects like trees, rivers, clouds, and coastlines.