The Science of What Bugs Us

Book - 2011
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"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."--Provided by publisher.
"A scientific look at something that affects us all--annoying spouses, car alarms, fingernails on a chalkboard, coworkers, missed planes, bad dreams, dropped calls, bed bugs, even the sounds coming out of everyone else's iPod--while still being humorous, surprising, and helpful"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2011
Description: x, 262 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780470638699
Branch Call Number: 612.8 Pal
Additional Contributors: Lichtman, Flora, 1983-


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Sep 11, 2019

Great book on an important subject. I gained great insight into why we get irritated by things and others.

Jul 21, 2017

I love these kinds of books in general but the annoying thing about this book is that it ultimately ends each chapter with "no one is sure exactly why this is annoying but it sure is!" I was hoping for more exactitude and less guessing. Maybe this book should have been put on hold for a few more years until the science caught up with the concept.

Feb 09, 2012

This book was really good but I think the most annoying thing are screaming kids! LOL

Dec 31, 2011

get the book. it's very funny

Dec 30, 2011

What's annoying is trying to read Annoying on my Kobo. It's a PDF and just does not work on the e-Reader. Download this only if you are planning to read it on your computer.

Cdnbookworm Dec 21, 2011

This science is a fairly new field and the authors gather information from a number of disciplines to try to figure out how to define 'annoying' and figure out what sorts of things annoy us and why.
From cell phone conversations to personal grooming, they look at the wide variety of annoyances in our lives. Taking us from the symptoms of Huntington's disease to the emotional response to music, from the taste of chili peppers to the chemistry of skunk perfume, these researches investigate every sideroad in their efforts to understand the annoying.
I found it fascinating to see what annoys, what doesn't and how some people are more susceptible. A great beginning to a new field of study.

Nov 20, 2011

fantastic funny very accurate description of our "modern" world.

Oct 12, 2011

A must read for anyone who has had their attention hijacked in the computer area by: screeching children, cellphones, neighbours eating their lunch, folks talking to themselves, swearing out loud, whining children, folks having a family reunion and students 4 or 5 to the computer thinking they are so very clever that they can read your e-mail from behind you.

I especially enjoyed reading about what folks with perfect pitch experience.

One thing that annoyed me was the authors' coining of the term "halfalogue" to denote the conversation one hears when someone else is on a a cell phone. To my ear - "Unilogue" sounds much better!

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Feb 09, 2012

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