Looks like we’re not the only ones who break into a cold sweat — and break out the calculator — when it comes time to crunch some numbers.
A new study out of University of Chicago concluded that the same part of the brain which gets triggered when you are physically attacked is the very same part triggered by doing math, Discovery Fit & Health reports. Research showed that when subjects were presented with a math problem their actual physical flight response was stimulated — it all makes sense now, doesn't it?
These findings have a big impact on how students feel about math, mainly due to the conclusion that teachers and parents can easily pass on their own math anxiety to children, with female elementary teachers being the most prone to clinical math panic.
The study also showed that writing about one’s stress and anxiety over doing math may actually help calm the panic switch. So, want to prep your child for their next big math test? Have them jot down their anxious math-related feelings!
Ah, we love it when writing and arithmetic come together.