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Your Emotional City! “Emocity Citizen Science Laboratory.” Jointly Exploring Stress and Resilience In Urban Dwellers

Principal applicant: Prof. Dr. Mazda Adli, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Cities are growing. At the same time, mental strain caused by stress is becoming increasingly common among urban dwellers. Researchers from the fields of psychiatry, urban planning, psychology, neuroscience, architecture, sociology, philosophy and ethnography have joined forces in the “Interdisciplinary Forum Neurourbanism” to help investigate the influence of the city on people's emotions, behavior, and mental health. With their interdisciplinary research, they have as their aim the creation of cities that are worth living in and that are conducive to the mental health of their inhabitants. This is the starting point for the experimental laboratory Emocity Citizen Science Laboratory. In cooperation with Futurium Berlin, it hopes to raise social awareness for this pressing issue of urban living. With its app-based Citizen Science approach, the project invites Berlin residents to actively explore the impact of city life on our mental health with researchers. What are the city's stress points? What are places of well-being? In interactive events, forums and workshops, they meet up to exchange knowledge and develop an emotional city map of Berlin.

The project team consists of Prof. Dr. Mazda Adli (Charité), Prof. Dr. Joerg Fingerhut (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Prof. Dr. Klaus Gramann (Technische Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. Rainer Hehl (Technische Universität Berlin), Dr. Nadja Kabisch (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kluge (Charité). The project is managed by Prof. Dr. Mazda Adli (Head Research Division Affective Disorders) from Charité and Prof. Dr. Joerg Fingerhut (Berlin School of Mind and Brain) from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, who are also available as contact persons: mail@neurourbanistik.de