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    Math is painful

    Math problems can actually cause people anxiety and physical pain, similar to a punch in the gut, a new Canadian study shows.

    For people who have anxiety about the school subject, the prospect of performing calculus or other mathematical calculations triggers a response in the brain related to visceral pain, according to a study published in the journal PloS One.

    Researchers examined the brain activity of 28 subjects as they were told they were about do math and while they were completing math problems, said Dr. Ian Lyons, a post-doctoral fellow from the Department of Psychology at Western University in London, Ont.

    "It turned out that areas [of the brain] that are really important for perceiving pain… think like a stomach ache or a gut punch, these areas were active," he said during an interview with CBC's Quirks and Quarks. "But only during the anticipation."
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/st...tudy-pain.html

    My [horrifying] experience with university calculus is beginning to make a lot more sense!

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    Glad I dodged Calculus myself! I did take a math class during each of the last 4 semesters. So glad I'm finished with that.
    Life is too short to refrain from eating jam out of the jar... life is too short to make toast, or use spoons or napkins. - John Darnielle

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    Can I sue every school I ever went to yet? I'm calling my lawyer.


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    That was my worse subject. Yes, I passed but I was blessed with children that math is their favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrassrootsConservative View Post
    Can I sue every school I ever went to yet? I'm calling my lawyer.

    Perhaps it is they who should be suing you ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by roadmaster View Post
    That was my worse subject. Yes, I passed but I was blessed with children that math is their favorite.

    Differential Calculus is the first step toward truly understanding the ways of our Universe .
    Who said that and why was he so absolutely right ?

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