For a few handling mathematics, rather, carrying out simple calculations could result into a painful incident. Findings in a recent study emphasized that over half the population can end up triggering pain in the brain networks while dealing with maths.
A team of researchers at the University of Chicago asserted that fear for maths could stimulate regions in the brain that associated with physical pain and instinctive danger recognition.
Lead author of the study, Ian Lyons, stated that people who are threatened by the thought of maths, while actually dealing with the problems of maths increases the activities of the regions linked with pain.
As the anxiety for maths increases, so do such brain activities and the sensation of pain.
Study co-author Professor Sian Beilock, a leading expert on math anxiety at the University, said, "For someone who has math anxiety, the anticipation of doing math prompts a similar brain reaction as when they experience pain-say, burning one's hand on a hot stove".
Previously conducted studies concluded that stressful conditions, including social rejection or break-ups, can be major reasons behind increasing the emotions linked with physical pain.
However, the recent study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, analyzes the pain suffered as a result of a situation which arouses fear in the mind.