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When People Worry About Math, the Brain Feels the Pain
October 31, 2012
Using brain scans, researchers at the University of Chicago determined that mathematics anxiety can prompt a response in the brain similar to when a person experiences physical pain. The research shows that brain areas of highly math-anxious people overlap with the same brain areas that register the threat of bodily harm-and in some cases, physical pain.
University of Chicago
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