Does your child suffer from “math anxiety?” Show Notes

Monday, April 16, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Does the thought of multiplying fractions cause your kids to have a panic attack? Well a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine indicates that children who experience difficulty with math show altered brain function due to anxiety.  

According to an article about the study in Medical News Today, when it comes to equations and formulas, all kids have to fear when it comes math is fear itself. 

The research done at Stanford found that second and third grade students who were worried about math showed brain activity associated with panicky or frightened feelings. That anxiety negatively affected their ability to do math problems.

Dr. Vinod Menon, a professor of psychiatry who led the research says: "The same part of the brain that responds to fearful situations, such as seeing a spider or snake, also shows a heightened response in children with high math anxiety."

He says its also possible for someone who is considered good at math to have a bad day and feel the anxiety that blocks his or her skills.

By the way, the research findings may aid in the development of new academic interventions that will help kids overcome their math anxiety.

If you’d like to learn more about this study, just go to and enter “math anxiety” in the search engine. 

And real quick...what’s the square root of 3,249? Are you feeling anxious?

It’s 57. ;-]

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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