Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

by Joe Palca, Flora Lichtman
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Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca, Flora Lichtman

Two crackerjack science journalists from NPR look at why some things (and some people!) drive us crazy

It happens everywhere-offices, schools, even your own backyard. Plus, 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? Palca and Lichtman take you on a scientific quest through psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and other disciplines to uncover the truth about being annoyed. What is the recipe for annoyance? For starters, it should be temporary, unpleasant, and unpredictable, like a boring meeting or mosquito bites

  • Gives fascinating, surprising explanations for why people react the way they do to everything from chili peppers to fingernails on a blackboard
  • Explains 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!

How often can you say you're happily reading a really Annoying book? The insights are fascinating, the exploration is fun, and the knowledge you gain, if you act like you know everything, can be really annoying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470638699
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,252,728
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Joe Palca is a science correspondent for National Public Radio and the backup host for Talk of the Nation Science Friday.

Flora Lichtman is the multimedia editor for Science Friday.

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Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Cole Morrison More than 1 year ago
I really don't understand why this book has such low ratings. I thought it was well written and very interesting. If you are interested in learning more about annoyance, I say read it!
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Why are you annoyed? Perhaps the person sitting next to you at the movies is snapping his gum, a driver on the expressway is hogging the passing lane or the lady in the supermarket line smells like a perfume factory. The list of pet peeves is endless. Science journalists Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman charmingly cover common annoyances and the degree to which science explains them. Although they draw on serious academic research throughout, the authors never take themselves too seriously. The result is a clever, revealing and thoroughly entertaining look at why certain sounds, tastes, smells and behaviors drive you up the wall. Will the book enable you to tolerate that buzzing fly or the endless wait at the post office? Maybe not, but getAbstract believes that you’re bound to look at the world around you a little differently – and probably with a dose of good-natured resignation.
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