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Doing Math Can Literally Hurt Your Brain [STUDY]

Doing Math Can Literally Hurt Your Brain [STUDY] | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Warning: Do not look at the image above if you have math anxiety. A new study from the University of Chicago found that, for people who get anxious at the idea of doing mathematics, just preparing to do a math problem can trigger activity in a part of your brain that registers physical pain.

Researchers studied 14 subjects who suffered from anxiety about doing math — but not generalized anxiety — in an fMRI machine that imaged their brain activity. When the subjects were asked to prepare to do a math problem, they showed significant activity in the posterior insula, an area deep in the brain that is associated with responding to threats and experiencing pain.

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Debbie Allison's curator insight, August 3, 2013 1:48 PM

Just one more reason why I should not do math...

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Engaging Girls in STEM Learning

Engaging Girls in STEM Learning | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Not surprisingly, today’s girls are overwhelmingly interested in STEM. They are intrigued by solving puzzles and problems and understanding how things work. These girls are ready for new and innovative STEM careers. They’re ready to tackle 21st century challenges and make a difference in the world. Read what today’s girls say about STEM.

Here’s the rub. A new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute points out that girls start losing interest in math and science during middle school ...

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