I would like to ask if, in the research field of mathematical education, some work has been done to investigate the relationship between 1) and 2):
1) mathematical education and student motivation
2) the great quantity of "folkloristic" writing (so to say) on trivia and anectotes about the mathematical community (e.g. the ones collected in Mathematical Apocrypha Redux by Steven Krantz).
To be clear, I want to know if there are links between cultural stories of mathematics (which may have reached "aprocyphal" status), and with student performance and/or motivation in mathematics in those cultures.