The role of expressive writing in math anxiety.

@article{Park2014TheRO,
  title={The role of expressive writing in math anxiety.},
  author={Dae Young Park and Gerardo Ramirez and Sian L. Beilock},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Applied},
  year={2014},
  volume={20 2},
  pages={
          103-11
        }
}
Math anxiety is a negative affective reaction to situations involving math. Previous work demonstrates that math anxiety can negatively impact math problem solving by creating performance-related worries that disrupt the working memory needed for the task at hand. By leveraging knowledge about the mechanism underlying the math anxiety-performance relationship, we tested the effectiveness of a short expressive writing intervention that has been shown to reduce intrusive thoughts and improve… Expand

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