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ERI Talk - Terje Throndsen: "Scary Numbers (and how Maths Anxiety affects Maths Performance)"

  • November 25th, 2022
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December 2, 2022. 12:00h. On-site session (Boardroom (Sala de juntas), Faculty of Psychology and Speech Therapy). Language: English.

Scary Numbers (and how Maths Anxiety affects Maths Performance)​

Terje Throndsen

University of Oslo (Norway)


Maths Anxiety is well known to have a negative relationship with maths performance, but we are still lacking details on the mechanisms behind this relationship. It has been proposed that the worrying thoughts associated with Maths Anxiety take up some of the Working Memory capacity needed for problem-solving. In our studies, we have used pupillometry to investigate if Maths Anxiety has an effect on the level of cognitive effort utilised when solving maths problems.



Terje Throndsen started his pedagogical career graduating as a preschool teacher in 2008 and working for seven years in a preschool. Between 2015 and 2017 he obtained his Master's degree in special needs education, with a thesis on gender differences in mathematics among low-performing children. In 2019 he started as a PhD student at the Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo.