Researchers have found that calculating costs at Christmas can cause genuine pain in some people.
Getting everything ready for Christmas can take a lot of work and a lot of money but now it seems that thinking about the cost of preparations during the festive season can be more detrimental to some people than to others. The need to calculate costs can result in high levels of 'maths anxiety', a state in which the part of the brain responsible for physical and emotional discomfort can exhibit significantly higher than normal activity.
"We showed that the more anxious people were about maths, the more they activated brain regions that we know are often involved when people experience pain or detect a threat," said study author Dr Sian Beilock.
"The thought of adding up the cost of presents, decorations and food for Christmas could be genuinely painful for more than half the population, researchers concluded."
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