Synopses & Reviews
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.
Two crackerjack science journalists from NPR look at why some things (and some people!) drive us crazy.
About the Author
FLORA LICHTMAN is Digital Media Producer for NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday
JOE PALCA is Science Correspondent for NPR and backup host for Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.