1st November, 2012, New Delhi: Researchers have detected that anxiety about math may activate some regions in the brain which is connected with the experience of physical pain as well as visceral threat detection. The study, which is led by Ian Lyons, detected that people who see high levels of anxiety while confronting math based tusks, their anticipation of math raises activity in some parts of the brain that linked with the physical sensation of pain.
The researchers from University of Chicago found that if an individual’s anxiety level is higher, then the neural activity tends to be increased. In a statement, the researchers told that they provide the first neural evidence indicating the nature of the subjective experience of math anxiety.
In the past, researchers have revealed that other kinds of psychological stress like traumatic break-up or social rejection may also increase a feeling of physical pain. However, this new research examines the pain response linked with anticipating an anxiety arousing situation, rather than the pain that is linked with an event itself.
This study reveals that just the anticipation of an unpleasant event can be linked with neural regions’ activation that may cause physical pain.