Fingernails on chalkboards, slurped soup, open mouthed chewing. Everyone is annoyed by something but why? Join Joe Palca, the science correspondent for NPR, as he shares some information from his book “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.” He will explore the science behind our hatred of soup slurpers and loud talkers. Come learn about the things that annoy us in the most pleasing way possible.
What You Will Learn
- Why fingernails on a blackboard make us cringe
- Why the love of our lives are also often the most annoying people we know.
- How to use being annoying to your advantage
- Why overheard cell phone conversations are the most annoying modern annoyance.
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Meet Your Experts
Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. In addition to his science reporting, Palca occasionally fills in as guest host on Talk of the Nation Science Friday. Palca began his journalism career in television working as a health producer. He later worked as a print journalist, first as the Washington news editor for Nature, and then as a senior correspondent for Science Magazine. In October 2009, Palca took a six-month leave from NPR to become science writer in residence at the Huntington Library and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. With Flora Lichtman, Palca is the co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us (Wiley, 2011). Joe holds a Ph.D. in psychology.
Darren Griffin, PhD is Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, UK. Previously he was Professor of Genetics at Brunel University. In 2002, he was admitted as a fellow of the Society of Biology and in 2008 he was awarded both a fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and Doctor of Science from the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Institutional Teaching Prize for his work in supervising graduate students and was recently shortlisted for Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher Education supplement. Dr. Griffin completed his post-doctoral research in Cleveland, Ohio and at The University of Cambridge. He received his PhD at University College London in 1992, graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988.
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