Society for Black Brain and Behavioral Scientists would like to congratulate our member, Jalisha Jenifer, on her first publication as a “first”/primary author! Her research, published in Science Advances, found that math anxiety leads to math avoidance. Participants with math anxiety avoided performing more difficult math problems, even when it was more beneficial to attempt them. This study is novel, because it is one of the first to empirically show this relationship between math anxiety and math avoidant behaviors. This finding can help inform teaching and study strategies by helping us understand the habits of those with math anxiety.  Jalisha’s article is open-access, which means anyone can read it! Click here to read the full research article:  https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/11/eaay1062
The code and data for this project are available online at OpenScience.
 
SB³S is very proud of Jalisha, who is entering her 5th year of the Psychology PhD program at the University of Chicago. Jalisha already has extensive teaching experience as a lecturer and teaching assistant and has earned highly competitive fellowships from the Institute of Education Sciences and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.