US Cities with the most brain activity

Stanford, CA
Princeton, NJ
Storrs Mansfield, CT
Evanston, IL
Cambridge, MA
La Jolla, CA
Amherst, MA
West Lafayette, IN
Ithaca, NY
Davis, CA
Urbana, IL
College Park, MD
Somerville, MA
State College, PA
Ann Arbor, MI
Oxford, OH
Blacksburg, VA
Chapel Hill, NC
Stony Brook, NY
Provo, UT
East Lansing, MI
Lexington, MA
Allendale, MI
Madison, WI
Iowa City, IA
Brighton, MA
Watertown, MA
Ames, IA
Bloomington, IN
Berkeley, CA
Lenexa, KS
Lawrence, KS
Charlottesville, VA
College Station, TX
Pullman, WA
Burlington, VT
Williamsburg, VA
Ambler, PA
Redmond, WA
Hillsborough, NJ
Webster, NY
Waltham, MA
Boulder, CO
Flemington, NJ
Vienna, VA
Natick, MA
Westminster, MD
Bethpage, NY
Menlo Park, CA
Harrisonburg, VA

…it is said.


9 thoughts on “US Cities with the most brain activity

  1. I assume that your list was obtained from Lumosity’s smart cities list (pg. 10) of their 2013 report which is part of the Human Cognition Project. The location of the highest scoring cities seems to support the hypothesis that liberals have higher cognitive plasticity than conservatives.

    “Liberals and conservatives exhibit different cognitive styles and converging lines of evidence suggest that biology influences differences in their political attitudes and beliefs. In particular, a recent study of young adults suggests that liberals and conservatives have significantly different brain structure, with liberals showing increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, and conservatives showing increased gray matter volume in the in the amygdala. Here, we explore differences in brain function in liberals and conservatives by matching publicly-available voter records to 82 subjects who performed a risk-taking task during functional imaging. Although the risk-taking behavior of Democrats (liberals) and Republicans (conservatives) did not differ, their brain activity did. Democrats showed significantly greater activity in the left insula, while Republicans showed significantly greater activity in the right amygdala. In fact, a two parameter model of partisanship based on amygdala and insula activations yields a better fitting model of partisanship than a well-established model based on parental socialization of party identification long thought to be one of the core findings of political science. These results suggest that liberals and conservatives engage different cognitive processes when they think about risk, and they support recent evidence that conservatives show greater sensitivity to threatening stimuli.”

  2. I’ve lived in two of those. We’d both love to live in the nearest one to where we are now, but it would make my commute too horrific. Maybe when I retire it could be an option.

  3. I doubt some of them, too, and as always I say L.A. is underrated. I have lived in 2 of these and while they were nice, they were also insular and stuffy. On the other hand I live far from any now, and … well, sente-se a sua falta.

  4. I’ve dwelt in 8 of those: Lawrence, Ithaca, Stanford, Ann Arbor, Davis, Berkeley, Cambridge, West Lafayette. These are mostly simply college towns.

  5. I agree with you regarding L.A. And I would add, gasp, Miami (FL) as another underrated city. I haven’t lived in any of them, but no amount of brain activity would make me move to Blacksburg, VA (nothing against Virginia Tech, it’s just the town).

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