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Math Can Be Truly Painful, Brain Study Shows


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For math-phobes, anticipation of arithmetic activates pain centers in brain.

haha... math truly is torturous for the weak of mind. You can always
become a junior editor.

. . . . . The Actual Experiment . . . . .

Does fear of math hurt your head?

Take this quiz and see. (Note: In the actual experiment, problems
were presented one at a time. Each one had to be solved in five
seconds
. And participants couldn't use scratch paper—they had to
solve everything in their heads.
)

1) Does 8×9-16=56?

2) Does 7×8-19=37?

3) Does 5×9-16=27?

4) Does 8×5-19=23?

5) Does 6×7-17=27?

6) Does 9×4-17=19?

answers:

yes
yes
no
no
no
yes

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REFERENCE:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/11/121108-math-pain-hurts-brai n-science-health/

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . why is there a space here ^ ?
(It's not in the actual message link)


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Electric Wizard wrote:

For math-phobes, anticipation of arithmetic activates pain centers in brain.

haha... math truly is torturous for the weak of mind. You can always
become a junior editor.

Since when is anxiety equivalent to weak mindedness?

Paizo Employee Project Manager

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Junior editor? Since when does having language skills make you "weaker-minded" than having math skills?


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um.. since time began?

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Weak-minded typically has two meanings:
1) Lack of ability to make rational decisions for oneself because of deficient mental faculties (this is often given as a justification for denying rights to children and those who are mentally handicapped, for example).

2) Easily influenced, susceptible to manipulation; in game terms, a low SM modifier and a penalty on enchantment effects.

Anxiety is not an expression of either of these things. Neither is being a junior editor.

But then again, as a math major, I don't find it amusing to make fun of math testing anxiety, because math testing anxiety does not correlate with ability. This is similar to the reason why I'm unimpressed by the ability to do arithmetic in one's head: it has no bearing on the ability to do well in advanced topics.
Frankly, I'm probably just being overly sensitive.
Haha, junior editors are scared of numbers, we non-junior editors are clearly superior in all ways. (Is that better?)


It's weird. I hate math, and am frustrated by math, and I feel like I suck at it. But I always test really high in math stuff.

Paizo Employee Project Manager

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Electric Wizard wrote:

um.. since time began?

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*wry* Well, I guess we have nothing further to say to each other.


I've always been amazed with math because it makes sense and it's challenging to the mind. The universe was created with math, and its practically perfect. Practicing math gives my brain a boost in power.


Jessica Price wrote:
Junior editor? Since when does having language skills make you "weaker-minded" than having math skills?

Yet another lie mathies use to prop up the myth of their superiority.


SuperSlayer wrote:
The universe was created with math, and its practically perfect.

Nah, math is just a handy tool to transform information, hardly even a real science. Reality is governed by physics and there is no such thing as perfection in the universe.

(non-mathies: sorry for this. The schism between math and physics is likely not relevant to your lives. But some of us just can't shut up).


Freehold DM wrote:
Jessica Price wrote:
Junior editor? Since when does having language skills make you "weaker-minded" than having math skills?
Yet another lie mathies use to prop up the myth of their superiority.

One person saying this does not mean all mathies agree with it. I'm a mathy, and definitely don't. I don't think I'm superior either.


In my experience, being good at maths gets you tons of slag, even from people you don't know. You are portrayed as a complete freak hermit completely devoid of social skills, and indeed all other kinds of skills too. The math skills you do have are without fail claimed to be utterly without value, application or use. And finally, they claim you are being actively disparaging and aggressive toward them for claiming you are good at maths.

If you are good at sports, however, the world and the social scene is your oyster.

Shadow Lodge

I think (know) I'm superior, but it has nothing to do with my abilities in mathematics. I'm good at math because I am superior, not the other way around.


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We have to make the best of it. Improvise. Adapt to the environment. Darwin. Sheet happens. I Ching. Whatever man, we've got to roll with it.

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http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20121125/NEWS10/211250471/Teacher-says- everyone-can-learn-math-8212-even-hard-stuff?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Livo nia|s

Silver Crusade

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I'm not sure which is a better test of weak-mindedness: anxiety about math or an inability to post links on messageboards.


I'm waiting for the board to "learn" how to automagically linkify.
The software should evolve soon.

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Unless you are using Windoze 8: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/windows-8.html

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Lucky for me, I is too smart for that silly test.


Bleh. Worse than regular math is math theory which combines mathematical problems with proofs (aka essays).

The only weak minded are those that look to find superiority over others.

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