Study: For some, math linked to physical pain

November 3, 2012 7:24:01 PM PDT
Many Americans don't like to do math. New research may suggest why -- scientists found when some people do math, they actually feel the same anxiety associated with pain.

Scientists hooked 28 people up to brain scanners and had them do math problems. While some of the people had no anxiety, others showed the same brain activity linked to the sensation of pain.

The brain activity was even greater for those subjects who admit to having a fear of math.

Further research is necessary to confirm the conclusions.