Math anxiety: who has it, why it develops, and how to guard against it

Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Aug;16(8):404-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.06.008. Epub 2012 Jul 9.


Basic math skills are important for success in school and everyday life. Yet many people experience apprehension and fear when dealing with numerical information, termed math anxiety. Recently, researchers have started to probe the antecedents of math anxiety, revealing some surprising insights into its onset, risk factors, and remediation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety* / etiology
  • Anxiety* / psychology
  • Anxiety* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Mathematics*