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Math Can Really Hurt
2012-11-02 04:01:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some lucky people have a proclivity for number crunching and difficult equations, but for many of us the idea of performing complex calculations is more horrifying than a Friday the 13th movie marathon. And, like Jason Voorhees´ two-foot machete plunging into his victim´s abdomen – the personal anxiety surrounding an impending math exam can actually cause people to feel physical pain, according to new research from the...

2011-10-20 13:58:51

Success in math takes practice to control fears Using brain-imaging technology for the first time with people experiencing mathematics anxiety, University of Chicago scientists have gained new insights into how some students are able to overcome their fears and succeed in math. For the highly math anxious, researchers found a strong link between math success and activity in a network of brain areas in the frontal and parietal lobes involved in controlling attention and regulating...

2011-08-09 08:05:43

Study finds stress boosts performance for confident students, but holds back those with more anxiety Knowing the right way to handle stress in the classroom and on the sports field can make the difference between success and failure for the millions of students going back to school this fall, new University of Chicago research shows. "We found that cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress, can either be tied to a student's poor performance on a math test or contribute to success,...

2011-01-13 17:48:23

Students can combat test anxiety and improve performance by writing about their worries immediately before the exam begins, according to a University of Chicago study published Friday in the journal Science. Researchers found that students who were prone to test anxiety improved their high-stakes test scores by nearly one grade point after they were given 10 minutes to write about what was causing them fear, according to the article, "Writing about Testing Boosts Exam Performance in the...

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2010-01-25 14:50:00

Believing stereotype undermines girls' math performance Female elementary school teachers who are anxious about math pass on to female students the stereotype that boys, not girls, are good at math. Girls who endorse this belief then do worse at math, research at the University of Chicago shows. These findings are the product of a year-long study on 17 first- and second-grade teachers and 52 boys and 65 girls who were their students. The researchers found that boys' math performance was not...

2008-12-12 11:42:24

A U.S. researcher suggests those with high working memory and math ability may be those most affected by test stress. The study, published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, finds the subjects with the greatest capacity for math success were the most likely to choke under pressure. Sian Beilock of the University of Chicago said working memory -- useful for solving math problems -- is diminished in stressful situations. Beilock says working memory, also known as short-term...

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2008-09-03 09:10:00

Playing, and even watching, sports improves brain function Being an athlete or merely a fan improves language skills when it comes to discussing their sport because parts of the brain usually involved in playing sports are instead used to understand sport language, new research at the University of Chicago shows. The research was conducted on hockey players, fans, and people who'd never seen or played the game. It shows, for the first time, that a region of the brain usually associated with...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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