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'Maths anxiety' can make preparations a pain

Posted on Friday, 2 November, 2012 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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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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Comment icon #1 Posted by WGH on 1 November, 2012, 16:03
Brain scans of people waiting to carry out a maths test showed a higher than normal activity in the posterior insula, Certainly hurts my posterior, right about where my wallet sits near my right ass cheek!
Comment icon #2 Posted by meryt-tetisheri on 1 November, 2012, 17:00
They needed brain scans to arrive to this conclusion?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hasina on 1 November, 2012, 17:07
Bloody hell, no wonder I'm so freaking stressed all the time. Stupid accounting...
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 2 November, 2012, 20:38
Well, Christmas is stressful enough. The IRS in a few months makes me want to have another beer.
Comment icon #5 Posted by meryt-tetisheri on 2 November, 2012, 21:12
Well, Christmas is stressful enough. The IRS in a few months makes me want to have another beer. There are two tax seasons here, one is in June (cadastral tax), at the time when people are planning for summer holidays; the other (income tax) is in December, around Christmas and New Year Cheers!
Comment icon #6 Posted by thorn-v on 3 November, 2012, 0:57
That makes sense. I am surprised they bothered to do a brain scan, but at least now there is evidence that it is true.
Comment icon #7 Posted by AlienDan on 11 November, 2012, 2:47
I don't buy christmas presants. Problem solved. lol
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hilander on 12 November, 2012, 0:26
The holidays can be stressful especially when one feels the need to compete and overspend.
Comment icon #9 Posted by starchild1976 on 12 December, 2012, 3:39
Spending without thinking first usually does cause pain if one doesn't have the extra padding. Anytime you think last and act first there is a risk of personal injury.


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