The results provide a possible physical explanation for why math-anxious people tend to avoid math and math-related situations, the authors say. They are neurologically predisposed to avoiding math, math classes or even entire math-related career paths. I can totally attest to this. I often tell physicists I would have been their colleague, if differential equations had not sent me running for the safe harbor of words back in high school. Now I feel a little less ashamed about it. Thanks, science!