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.
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.
If you’d like to learn more about this study, just go to MedicalNewsToday.com and enter “math anxiety” in the search engine.
And real quick...what’s the square root of 3,249? Are you feeling anxious?
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.