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Title: Math Anxiety and Working Memory Updating: Difficulties in Retrieving Numerical Information From Working Memory
Authors: Pelegrina, Santiago
Justicia-Galiano, M. José
Martín-Puga, M. Eva
Linares, Rocío
Abstract: This study aimed to determine whether math anxiety was related to working memory (WM) updating performance and, specifically, to the retrieval and substitution components of updating. A set of WM updating (WMU) tasks that involve different retrieval and substitution requirements were administered to 114 university students. In addition, participants completed a math anxiety assessment on two occasions: 1–2 weeks before and immediately prior to task administration to increase the likelihood of observing the relationship between math anxiety and updating performance. The results showed a relationship between math anxiety scores and updating performance. Math anxious individuals took longer and made more errors, especially on tasks that required retrieving information from WM. These results suggest that math anxious individuals are less efficient when it comes to accessing numerical information in WM. Consequently, they may struggle with math-related tasks that involve retrieving numerical information from WM.
Keywords: math anxiety
working memory updating
memory retrieval
updating components
Issue Date: 9-Apr-2020
metadata.dc.description.sponsorship: This study was supported by a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (PSI2016-80416-P).
Citation: Pelegrina S, Justicia-Galiano MJ, Martín-Puga ME and Linares R (2020) Math Anxiety and Working Memory Updating: Difficulties in Retrieving Numerical Information From Working Memory. Front. Psychol. 11:669.
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