It happens everywhere: offices, schools, even your own backyard. And, seemingly, anything can trigger it: cell phones, sirens, bad music, constant distractions, your boss, or even your spouse. We all know certain things get under our skin. Can science explain why? NPR's Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman take you on a scientific quest through psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and other disciplines to uncover the truth about being annoyed. Annoying:Gives fascinating, surprising explanations for why people react the way they do to everything from chili peppers to fingernails on a blackboardExplains why irrational behavior (like tearing your hair out in traffic) is connected to worthwhile behavior (like staying on task)Includes tips for identifying your own irritating habits!With fascinating insights and fun explanations, Annoying is anything but.
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About the Author
JOE PALCA is Science Correspondent for NPR and backup host for Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.
Table of ContentsA Note from the Authors.
Introduction: Cell Phones.
1 A Noise Annoys.
2 A Case of Mistaken Intensity.
3 Fingernails on a Chalkboard.
5 Bugged by Bugs An Epic Bugging”
6 Who Moved Their Cheese?
7 The Terror of Perfect Pitch.
9 Breaking the Rules.
10 He’s Just Not That Annoyed by You.
11 Better Late Than Never Doesn’t Apply Here.
12 When Your Mind Becomes a Foreign Country.
13 The Annoyed Brain.
14 False Alarms.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This Library Thing Early Reviewers audiobook ask what the following things have in common: listening to someone else's cell phone conversation, Zinedine Zidane's World Cup Final, Huntington's chorea, Joba Chamberlain & midges, chili peppers and skunks. They all involve annoyances, and what annoys is apparently something scientists are only beginning to study. There's a basic 3-step process to annoyance: 1. something is unpleasant or distracting, 2. it's hard to predict when it will end, and 3. it's impossible to ignore. The stories illustrating annoying things and the scientific studies are entertaining. The authors make pleasant if not professional readers and I like that they alternate voices. The book reads like a long episode of Radiolab.
Everyday was like NPR¿s Science Friday while I listened to Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us. Joe Palca and Flora Lightman read alternating chapters in great, conversational voices, about the things that bug us, from bugs themselves to loud cell phone talkers to skunks to ailments that induce irritability. Scientific studies, psychological insights, and humor all come together to make this an entertaining look at what bugs us and why. I loved learning why hearing a cell phone ¿halfalogue¿ is not only annoying but next to impossible to ignore. And sometimes understanding why something bugs us makes it easier to tolerate. I¿m not sure if I¿d have liked reading this, but as an audio, it was entertaining and fun. There¿s nothing really deep or even terribly important discussed, because, after all, annoyances really are just annoyances. The book ends with this:¿So, as a last-ditch effort, remember that bad feelings ¿ on the whole - usually aren¿t so bad. They signal that something is wrong, which throws into relief that things usually aren¿t. If overhearing an annoying halfalogue is your biggest problem, buy some earplugs and be thankful.¿
I found ANNOYING the Audiobook very interesting and at times very amusing. The voices of the authors Palca and Lichtman are pleasant and easy to listen to and I like how they take turns throughout the chapters of the audiobook by alternately speaking, which makes the audiobook less annoying. Other than Palca maybe being a little close to the microphone which I could tell by the sound of his slight breathing the book recording was clear, consistent and kept my interest throughout all five Cd's. This is an audio book I can listen to over and over again and not get tired of it. In Palca and Lichtman's quest to find out the true science behind what irritates people ANNOYING is a combination of scientific studies, thought provoking ideas and conclusions that will leave you stirred and pleasantly surprised. The chapter of the book about chili peppers brought on a heated conversation between my husband and I. My husband loves to eat hot peppers raw and he doesn't considered it to be annoying in the least bit. So he tried to contradict this part of the study when I had him listen to it. I could see his point, however I on the other hand think the opposite and do find chili peppers annoying and wonder why he consumes them like this. I tend to think sometimes in black and white, so I found myself thinking that maybe it is just a matter of sensitivity. I am a very sensitive person in many ways and my husband is the opposite. Noise can send me through the roof, it is a painful stimuli for my senses and it just seems to vibrate through me. Something I have tried to explain many times to others while feeling like an alien because I know they never understand. If you would like some insight into the how and why people react or behave a certain way to particular noises. Whether it be cell phone chatter from a stranger next to you or a buzzing fly invading your ear space this audiobook is for you.