Why Does My Child Hate Math?

Self-Reg for parents, photo of man and son sitting on the grass together

Neuroscientists have recently made a startling discovery as to why so many students these days are having trouble with math. Brain imaging has shown that starting at a young age, a simple problem in arithmetic can trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. When this occurs, the systems in the brain that support learning math are compromised, leading to more and more problems in higher grades. Self-Reg sets out to understand why this is happening; how we can prevent it from happening in the first place; and what can be done to help a student whose “math alarm” has already been “kindled.”

Read more about the Self-Reg view of Math on Psychology Today:

Part 1: The Giant Leap

Part 2: Is This Truly a Matter of Hatred?

Part 3: What Can I Do About It?

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology from York University and the Founder & Visionary of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. Stuart has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US, and in countries around the world. Dr. Shanker also blogs for Psychology Today