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Nonfiction: Social Science
Unabridged   8.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/02/2019


Science investigates some of life's common concerns

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684571901
Digital Download ISBN:9781684571918


How scientific reasoning explains our most common daily fears—from germs to natural disasters and everything in between.

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Product Description

Quick—what do you worry about most? Your cell phone giving you cancer? The public bathroom you're using being dirty? GMOs in your food? An asteroid strike? Something else?

In this witty and evidence-based book, Lise Johnson and Eric Chudler get to the root of our worries, all the while using science to help tame the anxiety beast.

News media, social media, and every mom blog in the world are continuously flagging new things for you to worry about. From obsessing over Lyme disease–infested ticks to worrying about amusement park safety, no one is immune to the pervasive effects of anxiety brought on by normal, everyday activity. Each topic in this wide-ranging book is subjected to scientific scrutiny, and assigned a place on the "worry index," with the authors concluding the only things worth worrying about are those those that can cause significant harm, are likely to happen, and are (somewhat) preventable.

Whether you are a constant worrier or a stick-your-head-in-the-sand-and-hope-for-the best sort of person, you'll find something to love in this witty and informative book.


“[A] cleverly conceived and well-executed examination of a host of common sources of worry. . . . [T]he open-minded will find a resource that is both useful and enjoyable.” —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Lise Johnson is a biomedical engineer, educator, and writer from Centennial, Colorado. She is currently the Director of Basic Science Curriculum and Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies at Rocky Vista University, and is coauthor, with Eric Chudler, of Brain Bytes. Eric Chudler is the Executive Director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and a neuroscientist at the University of Washington. He hosts the popular website Neuroscience for Kids and lives in Seattle, Washington.