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Italian students dislike math the most

Nov. 8, 2012 at 2:12 PM

ROME, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An Italian website said its survey of the country's students indicates math is the subject learners loathe most, followed by Latin and Italian.

Studenti.it said 38 percent of students using the website picked math as their least favorite subject, while 16 percent chose Latin and 9 percent picked Italian, ANSA reported Thursday.

"This aversion (to math) has a scientific basis," said Marta Ferrucci, who manages Studenti.it. "According to research at the University of Chicago, solving math problems has a tendency to provoke a cerebral reaction that's comparable to physical pain. The research is causing much discussion, but it shouldn't become an alibi."

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