Brain study reveals how successful students overcome math anxiety | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning |

Using fMRI brain-imaging technology for the first time with people experiencing mathematics anxiety, University of Chicago scientists have gained new how some students are able to overcome their fears and succeed in math...


For the highly math-anxious, researchers found a strong link between math success and activity in a network of brain areas in the frontal and parietal lobes involved in controlling attention and regulating negative emotional reactions. This response kicked in at the very mention of having to solve a mathematics problem.

Teachers as well as students can use the information to improve performance in mathematics, said Sian Beilock, associate professor in psychology at the University of Chicago.