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Interesting article posted on Medical News Today (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/252363.php) regarding math anxiety and the brain.

 

Math Anxiety: The Brain Can Feel The Pain

04 Nov 2012  

Worry about math can trigger regions of the brain associated with the experience of physical pain and instinctive risk detection, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago and published in PLOS ONE.
Ian Lyons and his team of researchers discovered that in people who experience high levels of anxiety when anticipating math tasks, encountering math increases activity in regions of the brain connected with the feeling of physical pain. The more elevated a person’s math anxiety, the greater the appearance of neural activity is.
The investigators explained, “We provide the first neural evidence indicating the nature of the subjective experience of math-anxiety.”
Researchers analyzed 14 adults who experienced anxiety from math based on their answers…

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