In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, a group of British psychologists reports that people who live in cities show diminished powers of general attention compared to people from remote areas. With so much going on around them, urbanites don’t pay much attention to surroundings unless they’re highly engaging.
Instead, as the researchers put it, city dwellers have developed a form of attention that puts priority on “the search for potential dangers or new opportunities.”
ALSO, FEED THE METERS Arturas Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, rolls over a Mercedes Benz parked in a bike lane to express his displeasure with motorists that illegally park their luxury cars. “I’ve had enough of these drivers parking their luxury cars on bike lanes and pedestrian crossings,” he said of the (likely) photo op. “This tank is a good tool to solve the problem of parking in the wrong place.” I’d vote for mayor Zuokas. (Photo: SWNS via the Telegraph)