Author Archives: Dr Jessie Li

Neuropolis in PLuS Alliance Symposium

Two sessions on Neuropolis were organised by Professor Nik Rose from KCL and Professor Jill Bennett from UNSW for the PLuS Alliance Symposium held on 20 April 2017. Nik talked about the cutting-edge research on neuro-urbanicity with case on mental health, migration and urbanisation in China. Dr. Andrea Mechelli and his colleagues introduced their exciting smartphone app Urban Mind that can capture real time data on people’s mental health status and their surrounding urban environment. Then Jill talked about her ‘Big Anxiety’ project and shared her thoughts on how to leverage art and culture to improve mental well-being. In the afternoon session participants discussed practical matters such as how to get people to use the app and future collaboration opportunities under PLuS Alliance.

Collaboration with Andrea Mechelli to use the ‘Urban Mind’ app in China

We have added an additional Work Package 4, which will collect data on mental health and surrounding social and physical environment with the mobile app ‘Urban Mind’ developed with colleagues at King’s College, London, now being revised for use in China and other M3 cities.

The Urban Mind app is a project lead by Dr Andrea Mechelli, a neuroscientist at King’s College London. It aims to understand how different aspects of the urban environment affect mental wellbeing by collecting real-time data about your current urban environment, lifestyle and mental wellbeing, seven times per day over a period of one week. We hope that the results will inform future urban planning and social policy aimed at improving design & health.