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When Math Hurts: Math Anxiety Predicts Pain Network Activation in Anticipation of Doing Math

  • Ian M. Lyons mail,

    imlyons@uchicago.edu (IML); beilock@uchicago.edu (SLB)

    Affiliations: Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Department of Psychology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

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  • Sian L. Beilock mail

    imlyons@uchicago.edu (IML); beilock@uchicago.edu (SLB)

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Published: October 31, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048076

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Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 02 Nov 2012 at 18:55 GMT

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Title: “Fear of Maths Triggers Physical Pain”
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Title: “Handling Mathematics Could Be Painful For Few: Study | TopNews Arab Emirates”
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Publication: LiveScience
Title: “Dreading Math Can Cause Real Pain | LiveScience”
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Publication: Geekosystem
Title: “Math Anxiety Can Give You A Pain In The Brain | Geekosystem”
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Publication: The Blaze
Title: “Researchers Find Anticipation of Math Problems Can Actually Cause Some to Register Sense of Pain | TheBlaze.com”
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Publication: The Times of India
Title: “Number shock: Fear of maths actually triggers physical pain - The Times of India”
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Publication: CNET News
Title: “How math causes physical pain | Technically Incorrect - CNET News”
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Publication: The Atlantic
Title: “Study: Worrying About Math Can Activate Pain Areas In the Brain - Lindsay Abrams - The Atlantic”
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Title: “Thought Of Maths Causes Physical Pain - science | Stuff.co.nz”
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Publication: Scotsman.com
Title: “Thought of doing maths may cause pain - UK - Scotsman.com”
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Publication: Best Syndication
Title: “Math Anxiety causes Brain to feel Physical Pain | Best Syndication”
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Publication: American News Report
Title: “Study Finds Math is a Real Pain”
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Publication: Popular Science
Title: “Brain Scan Shows That Thinking About Math Is As Painful As A Hot Stove Burn, If You're Anxious | Popular Science”
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Publication: UPI
Title: “Brain treats math anxiety like physical pain - UPI.com”
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Title: “Research confirms math really can make your brain hurt | Geekquinox - Yahoo! News Canada”
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Title: “Maths - yes, it can really cause you pain - World - NZ Herald News”
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Title: “How just the thought of doing maths can give you brain ache - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie”
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Title: “For math-phobic, numbers pose threat of pain, study says - Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs”
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Publication: The Conversation
Title: “Newly calculated: maths anxiety triggers pain in the brain”
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Title: “Just thinking about the cost of Christmas might cause real pain - Telegraph”
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Title: “When People Worry About Math, the Brain Feels the Pain”
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Title: “Maths fear 'activates brain pain' - And Finally - Independent.ie”
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Title: “Researchers say math can literally be painful | CTV News”
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Publication: CNN Health
Title: “For math-phobic, numbers pose threat of pain, study says - The Chart - CNN.com Blogs”
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Publication: EurekAlert
Title: “When people worry about math, the brain feels the pain”
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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

pjc415 replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 06 Nov 2012 at 00:23 GMT

And they're all listing the authors' affiliations incorrectly, even beyond the error I noted earlier.

No competing interests declared.

RE: Media Coverage of This Article

jtombeur replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 08 Nov 2012 at 09:16 GMT

Publication : Come4News
Title: « Tu matheras dans la douleur »
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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to jtombeur on 10 Nov 2012 at 00:59 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: 3 News NZ
Title: “Maths can be a real pain - Story - Environment/Sci - 3 News”
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Publication: Ars Technica
Title: “Experiencing math anxiety may be like the experience of physical pain | Ars Technica”
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Title: “Math Anxiety Brain Scan Pain - Business Insider”
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Title: “Pain By Numbers-qq1-Nov 3, 2012 - Quirks and Quarks - CBC Player”
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Title: “Math problems can trigger physical pain, study says - Technology & Science - CBC News”
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Title: “Just thinking about math can make your head hurt, study confirms - latimes.com”
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Title: “Science Proves Math Can Literally Be Painful | Manolith”
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Publication: Marquette Tribune
Title: “Pain is added problem for mathphobic | The Marquette Tribune”
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Publication: Medical News Today
Title: “Math Anxiety: The Brain Can Feel The Pain”
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Publication: National Geographic
Title: “Math Can Be Truly Painful, Brain Study Shows”
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Publication: News.com.au
Title: “Study shows sense of anticipation about maths can be tied to brain pain centre | News.com.au”
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Title: “Just thinking about math can be painful | CW39 NewsFix”
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Publication: Technology Digital
Title: “'Doing Math' Can Injure Your Brain - Technology Digital”
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Publication: The Body Odd
Title: “Fear of math makes your brain hurt, study confirms - The Body Odd”
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Publication: The Register
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Title: “Maths really can make your head hurt - The StandardThe Standard”
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Publication: The Week
Title: “Finally: Medical proof that math makes your head hurt? - The Week”
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Publication: TIME Healthland
Title: “High Anxiety: How Worrying About Math Hurts Your Brain | TIME.com”
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Publication: TopNews New Zealand
Title: “Math Anxiety Can Cause Pain | TopNews New Zealand”
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Publication: University of Chicago
Title: “When people worry about math, the brain feels the pain | UChicago News”
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Publication: Wired Science
Title: “Math Problems Can Be Physically Painful | Wired Science | Wired.com”
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RE: RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

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