Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

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Hard cover, USA.

Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us is a book written by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman that gives scientific details, including the physiology and psychology, behind the things that cause us to get annoyed.

I got this book as part of a Humble Bundle audio book sale.


I own this book in audio book form and have listened to it.



  • The book is enjoyable and informative.
  • There are interesting delves into other areas of research like foreign languages, brain chemistry, and anthropology.
  • They give a lot of evidence for why most forms of annoyance are learned rather than intrinsic.


  • Several times the authors describe an annoying sound, but they never give examples, even in the audio book.


  • Nothing.