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Math Can Be Truly Painful, Brain Study Shows
« on: November 09, 2012, 06:36:32 PM »

by Jeremy Berlin
November 8, 2012

Researchers at the University of Chicago measured the neural activity of 28 adults—14 who'd been identified with high math anxiety and 14 with low math anxiety. Each subject was given a series of word and math questions (some of which are below) while his or her brain was scanned.

Result: When those in the high-anxiety group saw a math task was coming, their dorso-posterior insulas and mid-cingulate cortexes—the parts of the brain that perceive pain and bodily threats—reacted as if the subject's hand had been burned on a hot stove. Those in the low-anxiety group showed no such response.

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Re: Math Can Be Truly Painful, Brain Study Shows
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012, 11:12:29 AM »
Those in the low-anxiety group showed no such response

So it's not math that's painful, it's anxiety that's painful.  They needed a study to prove that?  Who paid for this nonsense?
« Last Edit: November 15, 2012, 11:12:56 AM by Oceander »
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