Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us (Compact Disc)

The Science of What Bugs Us

By Flora Lichtman, Joe Palca

Highbridge Company, 9781611744880, 5pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2011



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.