1st Edition

Mathematics Anxiety What is Known and What is still to be Understood

Edited By Irene C. Mammarella, Sara Caviola, Ann Dowker Copyright 2019
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    Feelings of apprehension and fear brought on by mathematical performance can affect correct mathematical application and can influence the achievement and future paths of individuals affected by it. In recent years, math anxiety has become a subject of increasing interest both in educational and clinical settings. This ground-breaking collection presents theoretical, educational and psychophysiological perspectives on the widespread phenomenon of mathematics anxiety.

    Featuring contributions from leading international researchers, Mathematics Anxiety challenges preconceptions and clarifies several crucial areas of research, such as the distinction between math anxiety from other forms of anxiety (i.e., general or test anxiety); the ways in which math anxiety has been assessed (e.g., throughout self-report questionnaires or psychophysiological measures); the need to clarify the direction of the relationship between math anxiety and mathematics achievement (which causes which).

    Offering a re-evaluation of the negative connotations usually associated with math anxiety and prompting avenues for future research, this book will be invaluable to academics and students in the psychological and educational sciences, as well as teachers working with students who are struggling with math anxiety.


    Chapter 1 - Models of Math Anxiety by Mark H. Ashcraft

    Chapter 2 - Different Ways to Measure Math Anxiety by Krzysztof Cipora, Christina Artemenko and Hans-Christoph Nuerk

    Chapter 3 - Psychophysiological correlates of Mathematics Anxiety by Chiara Avancini & Denes Szücs

    Chapter 4 – Mathematics Anxiety and Peformance by Ann Dowker

    Chapter 5 - Acquisition, Development and Maintenance of Maths Anxiety in Young Children by Dominic Petronzi, Paul Staples, David Sheffield and Thomas Hunt

    Chapter 6 - Mathematics Anxiety and Working Memory: What is the Relationship? By Maria Chiara Passolunghi, Marija Živković, and Sandra Pellizzoni

    Chapter 7 - The Different Involvement of Working Memory in Math and Test Anxiety by Ee Lynn Ng, Kerry Lee

    Chapter 8 - Math Anxiety in Children with and without Mathematical Difficulties:

    The role of Gender and Genetic Factors by Sara Caviola, Irene C. Mammarella and Yulia Kovas

    Chapter 9 - Probing the Nature of Deficits in Math Anxiety: Drawing Connections between Attention and Numerical Cognition by Orly Rubinsten, Hili Eidlin Levy and Lital Daches Cohen

    Chapter 10 - Gender Stereotypes, Anxiety, and Math Outcomes in Adults and Children by

    Carlo Tomasetto

    Chapter 11 - The Role of Parents’ and Teachers’ Math Anxiety in Children’s Math Learning and Attitudes by Julianne B. Herts, Sian L. Beilock, and Susan C. Levine

    Concluding Remarks by Irene C. Mammarella, Sara Caviola, and Ann Dowker


    Irene C. Mammarella is Associate Professor at the University of Padova, Italy. Her research interests include the role of working memory and emotional aspects in specific learning disorders, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She is the cofounder of a clinical university centre for neurodevelopmental disorders (LabDA srl) and coauthored the book Nonverbal learning disabilities (Guilford Press, 2016).

    Sara Caviola is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, at the School of Psychology, University of Leeds, UK. She won a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship and spent two years at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge. Her main interests include analyses of cognitive and emotional underpinnings of mathematical cognition, in both children and adult populations.

    Ann Dowker is University Research Lecturer at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, UK. She has edited and coedited several books, and is the author of Individual Differences in Arithmetic: Implications for Psychology, Neuroscience and Education (Psychology Press, 2005; second edition to be published in 2019). She is the lead researcher on the Catch Up Numeracy intervention project.