A Study on Math anxiety according to the features of brain preference

좌우뇌선호도에 따른 수학불안에 관한 연구

  • Shim, Seul-Ki (Graduate School, Korea National University of Education) ;
  • Lee, Kwang-Ho (Korea National University of Education)
  • Published : 2010.09.30


This study is about how differ math anxiety according to the features of brain preference. In order to solve questions, BPI test and math anxiety test were done to high school students in the second grade. The test sheets were analyzed by ANOVA and MANOVA using SPSS 14.0. The result was found out that math anxiety was high in the order of left-brain preferences, both-brain preferences, and right-brain preferences. High level of math anxiety among students with right-brain preferences seem to be influenced by the right brain which prefers emotional features. Therefore, students need to stimulate their left brain by writing and reading something a lot when they solve math questions. Also, teachers can lessen math anxiety of students by give them opportunities to solve step-by-step questions, using various visual teaching materials promoting students' reasoning ability which can help them solve questions in a systematic and analytic way.