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.
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"This survey of research on what bothers us and why is mostly enjoyable and sometimes enlightening--but occasionally unconvincing. Authors Palca and Lichtman, both of NPR's "Science Friday," divide the reading, though without rhyme or reason--a criterion, according to this book, of what is annoying. Although Palca's voice is likable, his reading is at times a bit faltering and unsure. Lichtman sounds more energetic and confident; however, sometimes she reads too quickly. Her voice is strong, clear, and expressive but has a nasal quality, some pronunciation quirks (very hard "r's"), and a slightly strident edge. This is light but interesting science for those who can overlook the minor deficiencies. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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