Exploring the Relationship Between Mathematics Anxiety and Performance: An Eye-Tracking Approach

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/618798
Title:
Exploring the Relationship Between Mathematics Anxiety and Performance: An Eye-Tracking Approach
Authors:
Hunt, Thomas E. ( 0000-0001-5769-1154 ) ; Clark-Carter, David; Sheffield, David ( 0000-0001-9121-1783 )
Abstract:
Summary: The mechanisms underpinning the relationship between math anxiety and arithmetic performance are not fully understood. This study used an eye-tracking approach to measure a range of eye movements of 78 undergraduate students in response to performance on an arithmetic verification task. Results demonstrated a significant positive relationship between self-reported math anxiety and response time, indicating reduced processing efficiency. Analysis of eye-movement data reinforced the utility of an eye-tracking approach in studying arithmetic performance; specific digit fixations, dwell time, saccades, and regressions all significantly predicted response time. Furthermore, findings highlighted significant positive correlations between math anxiety and fixations, dwell time, and saccades. Despite there being little evidence that eye movements mediate the math anxiety-to-performance relationship, relationships observed between math anxiety and eye movements provide a useful starting point for research using an eye-tracking methodology in studying math anxiety and performance; the present findings suggest future work should focus on calculation strategy.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
Hunt, T. E. et al (2015) 'Exploring the Relationship Between Mathematics Anxiety and Performance: An Eye-Tracking Approach', Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29 (2):226 . DOI: 10.1002/acp.3099
Journal:
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Issue Date:
Mar-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/618798
DOI:
10.1002/acp.3099
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/acp.3099
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
08884080
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Psychological Research; University of Derby Online (UDOL)

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dc.contributor.authorHunt, Thomas E.en
dc.contributor.authorClark-Carter, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorSheffield, Daviden
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-25T10:45:14Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-25T10:45:14Z-
dc.date.issued2015-03-
dc.identifier.citationHunt, T. E. et al (2015) 'Exploring the Relationship Between Mathematics Anxiety and Performance: An Eye-Tracking Approach', Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29 (2):226 . DOI: 10.1002/acp.3099en
dc.identifier.issn08884080-
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/acp.3099-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/618798-
dc.description.abstractSummary: The mechanisms underpinning the relationship between math anxiety and arithmetic performance are not fully understood. This study used an eye-tracking approach to measure a range of eye movements of 78 undergraduate students in response to performance on an arithmetic verification task. Results demonstrated a significant positive relationship between self-reported math anxiety and response time, indicating reduced processing efficiency. Analysis of eye-movement data reinforced the utility of an eye-tracking approach in studying arithmetic performance; specific digit fixations, dwell time, saccades, and regressions all significantly predicted response time. Furthermore, findings highlighted significant positive correlations between math anxiety and fixations, dwell time, and saccades. Despite there being little evidence that eye movements mediate the math anxiety-to-performance relationship, relationships observed between math anxiety and eye movements provide a useful starting point for research using an eye-tracking methodology in studying math anxiety and performance; the present findings suggest future work should focus on calculation strategy.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/acp.3099en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Applied Cognitive Psychologyen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectmaths anxietyen
dc.subjecteye-movementen
dc.subjecteye-trackingen
dc.subjectarithmeticen
dc.titleExploring the Relationship Between Mathematics Anxiety and Performance: An Eye-Tracking Approachen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalApplied Cognitive Psychologyen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Life Sciences, College of Life and Natural Sciences; University of Derby; Derby UKen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences; Staffordshire University; Stoke-on-Trent UKen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Life Sciences, College of Life and Natural Sciences; University of Derby; Derby UKen
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