Annoying

The Science of What Bugs Us

By Joe Palca; Flora Lichtman; Joe Palca (Read by)
(Highbridge Company, Compact Disc, 9781611744880, 5pp.)

Publication Date: April 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Description
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 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
  • With fascinating insights and fun explanations, "Annoying" is anything but."



    NPR
    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    In their new book, Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us, NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and Science Friday's Flora Lichtman set out to examine why certain things � and people � drive us bananas. More at NPR.org

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    NPR
    Friday, Apr 29, 2011

    Can science explain life's daily annoyances? From the psychology of trash talk to frustrated magnets, NPR's Joe Palca and Science Friday's Flora Lichtman survey a broad swath of science to try to understand perhaps the most widely-experienced and least-studied feeling. More at NPR.org

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