Since posting my previous piece (When Learning Hurts – Toxic Learning) earlier this week, another blog focused on medical neuroscience posted a great overview of math anxiety called “Brain Markers of Math Anxiety“. The post refers to a study “The Neurodevelopmental Basis of Math Anxiety” that has identified the neural correlates of math anxiety for the first time, and with findings that have significant implications for its early identification and treatment.
1) Math anxiety contributes to poor math performance by reducing the “working memory, attention, and cognitive-control processes engaged during math problem solving”.
2) “The study underscores the importance of assessment and treatment of math anxiety in children. Reduction in math anxiety may be a key component in improving math skills and in the success of remedial math interventions.”