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ERIC Number: EJ764798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-8
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
A Real Fear
Ruffins, Paul
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n2 p17-19 Mar 2007
For years, mainstream thinking about math anxiety assumed that people fear math because they are bad at it. However, a growing body of research shows a much more complicated relationship between math ability and anxiety. It is true that people who fear math have a tendency to avoid math-related classes, which decreases their math competence. However, many people with an aptitude for math suffer from anxiety that interferes with their ability to perform math-related tasks. In the June 2001 edition of the "Journal of Experimental Psychology," Drs. Mark H. Ashcraft and Elizabeth P. Kirk, then at Cleveland State University, showed that anxiety interferes with short-term or "working" memory, which makes it harder to remember and simultaneously manipulate numbers. This article discusses the possible causes and symptoms of math anxiety and discusses ways of overcoming it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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