The impact of mathematics anxiety on stress appraisals, neuroendocrine responses, and academic performance in a community college sample.

Published on Aug 1, 2021in Journal of Educational Psychology
· DOI :10.1037/EDU0000636
Jeremy P. Jamieson19
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Alexandra E. Black1
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+ 1 AuthorsHarry T. Reis80
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