If the thought of calculating a tip at a restaurant makes you nervous, then you are not alone. Math anxiety is common worldwide.
Math anxiety can lead to poor performance and also deter people from taking math courses. This is because feelings of anxiety can tie up important cognitive resources (known as working memory), which are needed for solving math problems.
But why are some people more math anxious than others? And is there a link between parents’ math anxiety and their children’s math anxiety?