Math Anxiety Can Cause Pain

Math Anxiety Can Cause PainMath is not just a subject that is taught in the school but also a subject that may lead to severe pain. A recent research has found that anxiety aroused while solving math puzzles can lead to serious pain.

The findings of the research have been published in the PLOS ONE journal by the Public Library of Science (PLOS). For the research, researchers from Chicago University and from Ontario's Western University used the Short Math Anxiety Rating-Scale (SMARS). Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was also used to scan the brain of the subjects.

The researchers concluded the study saying, "We show that, when anticipating an upcoming math-task the higher one's math anxiety, the more one increases activity in regions associated with visceral threat detection, and often the experience of pain itself".

The findings of the research highlights that the anxiety caused during solving the math puzzles can cause pain. Further research is required to be conducted so that a link between the pain caused by the anxiety of solving math problems could be found. The researchers are of the view that about 50% of the population suffers from math anxiety.