Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

Joe Palca

Two crackerjack technological know-how reporters from NPR examine why a few issues (and a few people!) force us crazy

It occurs everywhere?offices, faculties, even your personal yard. Plus, possible whatever can set off it?cell telephones, sirens, undesirable tune, consistent distractions, your boss, or maybe your wife. we know definite issues get below our pores and skin. Can technology clarify why? Palca and Lichtman take you on a systematic quest via psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and different disciplines to discover the reality approximately being pissed off. what's the recipe for annoyance? For starters, it's going to be transitority, disagreeable, and unpredictable, like a run of the mill assembly or mosquito bites

  • Gives attention-grabbing, fantastic reasons for why humans react the best way they do to every thing from chili peppers to fingernails on a blackboard
  • Explains why irrational habit (like tearing your hair out in site visitors) is attached to necessary habit (like staying on activity)
  • Includes counsel for making a choice on your individual frustrating habits!

How usually are you able to say you are fortunately analyzing a truly stressful e-book? The insights are interesting, the exploration is enjoyable, and the data you achieve, if you happen to act such as you recognize every little thing, will be particularly annoying.

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