The neurophysiological relationship between number anxiety and the EEG gamma-band
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThe development of math anxiety is thought to originate at a young age, as a form of number anxiety, but has not been investigated extensively. Research has shown greater levels of EEG gamma-band activity are experienced during threat perception and attentional bias. This has been identified in high math anxious individuals when confronted with math-based tasks, but has not yet been explored for number anxiety specifically. Single-digit numbers and letters were presented to 15 high and 15 low math anxious participants, who were required to observe the stimuli. High math anxious participants displayed significantly greater levels of gamma activity during number observation compared to letter observation. Findings suggest high math anxious individuals may have a threat-related response to observation of simple numerical stimuli. Further behavioural investigations are needed, but high math anxious individuals may display avoidance towards number and math due to a threat response associated with increased gamma activity.
CitationBatashvili, M., Staples, P., Baker, I.S. and Sheffield, D., (2020). 'The neurophysiological relationship between number anxiety and the EEG gamma-band' Journal of Cognitive Psychology, pp. 1-6.
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychology