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BY JAMAL ANDRESS

For every student who feels like A Squared plus B Squared Equals Pain... This one’s for you. Here’s WMAQ...

“Researchers at the University of Chicago found that anxiety over doing math stimulates some of the same parts of the brain that register the threat of bodily harm and pain.”

Yes, they’re serious. But even though you might leave the test with a headache, it’s not the problems themselves that hurt. KTVT explains.

“The stress can be so bad it’s actually painful. Interestingly, they found you don’t feel pain from just doing math — just worrying about doing the math.”

Now, this theory does not apply to everyone, only those classified as having high math anxiety.

“For the study, the scholars worked with 14 adults who were shown to have math anxiety based on their responses to a series of questions about math. The questions gauged one’s anxiety when receiving a math textbook, walking to math class or realizing math requirements for graduation.” (Via University of Chicago)

So where does this anxiety come from? An article on The Conversation calls it a societal problem and says popular culture makes students anxious about math.

“In 1992, Mattel released Teen Talk Barbie, which included a speech chip that among other things enunciated the phrase, ‘Math class is tough’...One currently available T-shirt declares ‘MATH: Mental Abuse to Humans.’”

Whatever the cause, math isn’t going anywhere. So the question becomes — what to do you do about the problem? Psych Central says...

“This reaction needs to be addressed like any other phobia ... students who are anxious about math need help to become more comfortable with the subject.”

But for some the fear may be here to stay. A writer for Geekosystem says:

“Placing Hand On Hot Stove is right up there on the list of Things We Would Rather Do Than Math, nestled between Talk To Mom About Why You Haven’t Settled Down With A Nice Girl Yet and Chainsawing Your Own Face.”

Math Plus Anxiety Equals Physical Pain ... Seriously

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Nov 1, 2012

Math Plus Anxiety Equals Physical Pain ... Seriously

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

 


BY JAMAL ANDRESS

For every student who feels like A Squared plus B Squared Equals Pain... This one’s for you. Here’s WMAQ...

“Researchers at the University of Chicago found that anxiety over doing math stimulates some of the same parts of the brain that register the threat of bodily harm and pain.”

Yes, they’re serious. But even though you might leave the test with a headache, it’s not the problems themselves that hurt. KTVT explains.

“The stress can be so bad it’s actually painful. Interestingly, they found you don’t feel pain from just doing math — just worrying about doing the math.”

Now, this theory does not apply to everyone, only those classified as having high math anxiety.

“For the study, the scholars worked with 14 adults who were shown to have math anxiety based on their responses to a series of questions about math. The questions gauged one’s anxiety when receiving a math textbook, walking to math class or realizing math requirements for graduation.” (Via University of Chicago)

So where does this anxiety come from? An article on The Conversation calls it a societal problem and says popular culture makes students anxious about math.

“In 1992, Mattel released Teen Talk Barbie, which included a speech chip that among other things enunciated the phrase, ‘Math class is tough’...One currently available T-shirt declares ‘MATH: Mental Abuse to Humans.’”

Whatever the cause, math isn’t going anywhere. So the question becomes — what to do you do about the problem? Psych Central says...

“This reaction needs to be addressed like any other phobia ... students who are anxious about math need help to become more comfortable with the subject.”

But for some the fear may be here to stay. A writer for Geekosystem says:

“Placing Hand On Hot Stove is right up there on the list of Things We Would Rather Do Than Math, nestled between Talk To Mom About Why You Haven’t Settled Down With A Nice Girl Yet and Chainsawing Your Own Face.”

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