Math Anxiety Holds Back High-Achievers

It’s long been known that the right amount of anxiety over an upcoming exam may boosts a child’s performance. Now, researchers at the University of Chicago are saying severe anxiety over math is holding back high-achieving students. Their findings indicate the working memory of a child, a major component of IQ, is affected by anxiety as early as the first grade.

Math anxiety causes trouble for students as early as first grade

The post was written by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Marie Cheour. Dr. Cheour has worked as a Professor of both Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of Miami where she received a 2002 Research Award, as a Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Turko in Finland, and as the Head of the Developmental Brain Research Laboratory, Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU), at the University of Helsinki.