Math can be physically painful

A new study proves that math can be about as comfortable as touching a hot stove:

The fMRI scans showed the higher a person’s math anxiety, the more anticipation of math activated the posterior insula, an inner brain region associated with registering direct threats to the body and experiencing pain. But interestingly, there was no pain response when the people were actually doing the problems.

Does this mean that to get over our math discomfort, we all need to keep doing math problems until we aren’t afraid of it anymore?  I personally would be willing to try, but maybe that’s just me!

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