Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Flora Lichtman, Joe Palca

Narrated By: Joe Palca, Flora Lichtman

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: April 2011

Duration: 6 hours 11 minutes


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.


Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

by Flora Lichtman, Joe Palca

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