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Dr. Thomas Hunt

Tom Hunt is an associate professor in psychology at the University of Derby. He leads the University’s Mathematics Anxiety Research Group (MARG) and his PhD, completed in 2011, was titled “An exploration of the mechanisms underpinning the relationship between mathematics anxiety and performance: the relevance of event-related potentials, intrusive thoughts and eye-movement.”

Since then he has continued to research this topic, including more applied work. Tom regularly acts as a consultant for organisations wishing to address maths anxiety and was recently involved in a report on this published by National Numeracy. He has published several scales to measure maths anxiety in its various forms and has conducted work in schools across the UK and abroad.

His current focus is on research and supporting attempts to understand and tackle socio-emotional-cognitive barriers to maths education in the least developed countries as defined by the United Nations. 

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Dr. Dominic Petronzi

Dominic Petronzi is a lecturer in psychology at the University of Derby Online Learning. He is a member of the University’s Mathematics Anxiety Research Group (MARG) and his PhD focussed on exploring and understanding when mathematics anxiety develops in children and what contributes towards this. This work led to a valid and reliable assessment measure for children’s mathematics anxiety. Since then, he has continued to research this area, publish research and deliver training sessions.

His more recent work is based around a self-written children’s mathematics anxiety storybook approach as a strategy that aims to reduce this anxiety.   

Twitter: @DominicPetronzi


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Dr. Katia Vione

Katia Vione is a lecturer in psychology at the University of Derby Online Learning. She’s a member of the Mathematics Anxiety Research Group (MARG). Katia completed her PhD in 2017 in the area of social psychology at Cardiff University. Her current research focuses on different areas of social psychology and individual differences with an interest in students’ mental health and academic performance.

More specifically, she has been working on collaborations between the MARG and researchers in Brazil and other least developed countries to address maths anxiety and education to promote quality education in accordance to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Dr. Ovidiu Bagdasar 

Dr. Bagdasar is Associate Professor at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom. He is the Program Leader for the MSc Big Data Analytics, Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator, and an active member of the Research Centre in Data Science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA), the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and holds membership of the International Society for Difference Equations (ISDE), American (AMM), European (EMS) and Romanian Mathematical Societies (SSMR), as well as of the Marie Curie Alumni Network.

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Dr. Yasuhiro kotera

Yasuhiro Kotera is Academic Lead for Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology at the University of Derby Online Learning. As an Accredited Psychotherapist, he has worked with diverse client issues in Japan, America, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, France and the UK. His research focuses on mental health and cross-cultural psychology. Currently he is exploring cross-cultural differences in mental health of workers and students.

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Prof. David Sheffield

I am the Associate Head of Centre for Psychological Research. I supervise PhD and Doctorate students, lead Psychology of Illness and Research Project in Health Psychology modules on the MSc Health Psychology programme, and teach on BSc Psychology.

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Paul Staples

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. I have been teaching psychology for the past 19 years, initially at the University of Manchester, then at Staffordshire University and from 2006 here at the University of Derby.

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MARG publications

The following are publications by past and present members of the Mathematics Anxiety Research Group:

Sari, M., & Hunt, T. E. (2020). Parent-child mathematics affect as predictors of children’s mathematics achievement. International Online Journal of Primary Education, 9, 85-96. http://www.ijge.info/ojs/index.php/IOJPE/article/view/1027/935

Batashvili, M., Staples, P. A., Baker, I. S., & Sheffield, D. (2020). The neurophysiological relationship between number anxiety and the EEG gamma-band. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 32 (5-6), 580-585. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2020.1778006 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/20445911.2020.1778006?journalCode=pecp21

Batashvili, M., Staples, P. A., Baker, I. S., & Sheffield, D. (2019). Exploring the relationship between gamma-band activity and maths anxiety. Cognition and Emotion, 33, 1616 –1626doi:10.1080/02699931.2019.1590317 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02699931.2019.1590317?scroll=top&needAccess=true

Hunt, T. E., & Sari, M. (2019). An English version of the Mathematics Teaching Anxiety Scale. International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education, 9, 85-96. doi: 10.21449/ijate.615640 https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1246252.pdf

Hunt, T. E., Bagdasar, O., Sheffield, D., & Schofield, M. (2019). Assessing domain specificity in the measurement of mathematics calculation anxiety. Education Research International. doi: 10.1155/2019/7412193 http://downloads.hindawi.com/journals/edri/2019/7412193.pdf

Petronzi, D., Staples, P., Sheffield, D., & Hunt, T.E. (2019). Acquisition, development and maintenance of maths anxiety in young children. In I. Mammarella., S. Caviola., & A. Dowker (Eds), Mathematics Anxiety. London: Routledge. 

Petronzi, D., Staples, P., Sheffield, D., Hunt, T.E., & Fitton-Wilde, S. (2018). Further development of the children’s mathematics anxiety scale UK (CMAS-UK) for ages 4-7 years. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 100, 231-249. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10649-018-9860-1

Petronzi, D., Staples, P., Sheffield, D., Hunt, T. E., & Fitton-Wilde, S. (2017). Numeracy apprehension in young children: Insights from children aged 4-7 years and primary care providers. Psychology and Education, 54, 1-26. https://www.psychologyandeducation.net/pae/numeracy-apprehension-young-children-insights-children-aged-4-7-years-primary-care-providers-dominic-petronzi-bsc-hons-mres-phd-paul-staples-david-sheffield-thomas-hunt/

Hunt, T. E., Bhardwa, J., & Sheffield, D. (2017). Mental arithmetic performance, physiological reactivity and mathematics anxiety amongst U.K primary school children. Learning and Individual Differences, 57, 129-132. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2017.03.016 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1041608017300778

Hunt, T. E., & Sandhu, K. (2017). Endogenous and exogenous time pressure: Interactions with mathematics anxiety in explaining arithmetic performance. International Journal of Educational Research, 82, 91-98. doi: 10.1016/j.ijer.2017.01.005 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0883035516310977

Hunt, T. E., Clark-Carter, D., & Sheffield, D. (2014). Exploring the relationship between mathematics anxiety and performance: The role of intrusive thoughts. Journal of Education, Psychology and Social Sciences, 2, 69-75. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264905347_Exploring_the_relationship_between_mathematics_anxiety_and_performance_The_role_of_intrusive_thoughts

Hunt, T. E., Sheffield, D., & Clark-Carter, D. (2014). Exploring the relationship between mathematics anxiety and performance: An eye-tracking approach. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29, 2, 226-231. doi: 10.1002/acp.3099 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/acp.3099

Richardson, M., Hunt, T. E., & Richardson, C. (2014). Children’s construction task performance and spatial ability: Controlling task complexity and predicting mathematics performance. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 119, 741-757. doi: 10.2466/22.24.PMS.119c28z8 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.2466/22.24.PMS.119c28z8

Hunt, T. E., Clark-Carter-D., & Sheffield, D (2011). The development and part validation of a U.K. scale for mathematics anxiety. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29, 455-466. doi: 10.1177/0734282910392892 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0734282910392892

Sheffield, D., & Hunt, T.E. (2007). How does anxiety influence maths performance and what can we do about it? Mathematics Statistics and Operations Research Connections, 6 (4), 19-23. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258927649_How_Does_Anxiety_Influence_Maths_Performance_and_What_Can_We_do_About_It