But anticipation of maths is apparently:

This study mapped which areas of the brain showed increased activity when subjects were asked to imagine themselves 

  • being handed a maths book
  • walking to a maths class


the results were compared with the brain activity whilst actually doing maths.

The bits of the brain that respond to "visceral threat detection" lit up only in anticipation to doing maths, not actually doing it.

It's not that bad. Just drop the maths book and run to maths class instead.

In other news: tutoring relieves maths anxiety.

I'd like to say a big thank you to the researchers for that one.