Research looks at brain function in children with math anxiety

03/22/2012 |

Researchers examined the functional MRI scans of 7- to 9-year-olds and found that those with math anxiety had different brain function, compared with those who didn't have math anxiety. The scans showed children with high math anxiety had lower activity in brain regions linked to working memory and numerical reasoning, but had higher activity in the amygdala and in sections of the hippocampus tied to the formation of new memories. The study was published in the journal Psychological Sciences.

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