Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us



Joy of Science Channel: Extreme Chemistry Series

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.


Click here to Download Joe’s Slides

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.


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


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.



The Fine Print

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6 Responses to “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us”

  1. Daniel Morphis says:

    I am showing this to my middle school students tomorrow and am concerned there will be profanity.
    Should I be concerned?

    Thank you!

  2. admin says:

    Thank you for the inquiry. No concern, there is never profanity in any of the ACS Webinars Programs, we always try to keep it fun and clean…however I cannot vouch for “annoying” sound effects!

  3. Linda Wraxall says:

    This webinar was annoying in itself – not only did I miss it but it was not easy to find it to download the slides afterwards and there were only 10 slides. Very annoying!

  4. Sandy says:

    Fun lecture!
    Does your system send confirmation emails for viewing past webinars? I need that for my organization, thank you!

  5. admin says:


    I can send you a confirmation of attendance if you can tell me the webinar dates that you watched live. Thank you.

    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  6. admin says:


    It may have been the presenter’s goal considering the topic… ;)


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

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