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Submission + - Math anxiety affects skills as basic as counting ( 1

thirty-seven writes: According to four Canadian psychologists, a study they have conducted shows that math anxiety, "the feeling of fear and dread of performing mathematical calculations", can negatively affect mathematical tasks much simpler and more basic than previously thought.

In the study, participants were asked to count black squares on a white screen. The number of squares shown ranged from one to nine and participants were given as much time as they wanted before answering. When the number of squares was in the subitizing range (one to four), both math-anxious and non-math-anxious participants performed equally well, but when the number of squares was in the counting range (five to nine), the math-anxious group took longer and were less accurate.

The University of Waterloo's news release about the study includes this interesting note: "Previous studies have shown that a weakness in basic math abilities has a greater negative effect on employment opportunities than reading difficulties [do]."

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Math anxiety affects skills as basic as counting

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  • Anyone who cant count 9 squares on a screen should be considered legally retarded.... no need to make another "mental condition" for stupid people.... aside from the fact that (most of us) can count to 10 on our hands... even at the age of 5 "Oh its not my fault I cant count to 9 reliably, I have a special condition so I cant be expected to pull my head from my arse."

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