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Just thinking about math can be painful

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CHICAGO, IL – Mathematics: the systematic treatment of magnitude, relationships between figures and forms, and relations between quantities expressed symbolically.

Did your eyes just roll to the back of your head?  Did you start sweating or experience pain? Does even the thought of math, give you a headache? If so, you’re not alone. Apparently enough people in the world dread math that there’s an illness named for it.

HMA or High Mathematics Anxiety is associated with tension, apprehension and fear all brought on by math. In PLOS One, an online medical journal, researchers show when a person’s math anxiety is high, there’s increased activity in the regions of the brain associated with ‘visceral threat detection’ and pain.

This would seem to prove that math equals pain but no. It turns out the anticipation of math is much worse than the actual act of doing it. So remember procrastination, plus dread, equals pain.