Researcher: Math anxiety changes children's brains Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Mar 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm
Brains function differently in children who have math anxiety than those who don't, Stanford University researchers have discovered. Researchers conducted brain scans on second- and third-grade children while they did addition and subtraction problems.
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Posted by Tom H, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Mar 27, 2012 at 6:28 am
The article does not support the headline "Researcher: Math anxiety changes children's brains". The headline implies that math anxiety is the cause of the elevated activity in the amigdala, but there is nothing in the article that addresses which is the cause and which is the effect, only that they are correlated.
Posted by Ronnie, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Mar 27, 2012 at 8:38 am
That is pretty interesting. As an adult with a 3rd grade kid, I am honestly starting to feel the same sense of anxiety and frustration trying to help with his homework! I am definitely afraid that its rubbing off.
Of course, I love the focus we have on literacy here in PA - I think the kids are great readers. But, I want to see that same focus on building really great math literacy. It seems to come natural for some kids, but for others it does, like this study suggests, provoke a great deal of anxiety. I just think those kids might need to get a firmer footing earlier.
I'm no teacher - just an observation, but I am getting serious math flashbacks to grade school !
Posted by Interesting, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm
So this means that the time test on addition, substraction, and division, are causing anxiety in our kids? Interesting, then how come PAUSD keeps this practice. What is the point of doing it? They could do it, but without the timer.