Brain Works More Vigorously for Anxious Girls

Yesterday I posted about math anxiety, a phenomenon I’ve observed in tutoring female math students.  Although these girls do well working math problems during our sessions, they go on to fail tests.  They report that this is due to overwhelming anxiety that causes them to forget what to do. 

This article examines the brain responses of anxious girls, and reports that their brains work extra hard with worrisome thoughts.  Therefore they tend to perform more poorly in stressful situations such as academic testing.  Read on for the full story. 

 


Brain Works More Vigorously For Anxious Girls (via redOrbit)

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com Nail biting. Knuckle cracking. These are just a few of the physical traits of nervousness. With these thoughts in mind, Michigan State University researchers recently discovered that the brains of anxious girls work more vigorously than those of boys. Scientists hope that…



Read More

Comments are closed.




Make it Stick! How to remember anything

A few years ago, in an attempt to manage the volume of information I was expected to learn as a medical student, I read the book “Make it Stick”.  This book details the new science around how we convert short term memory to long term memory, and how to make studying super efficient.  It teaches […]

Read More
View the Blog »

Every Kid Needs a Champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." ...

From NPR Education: Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess

What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students ...