How scientific reasoning explains our most common daily fears--from germs to natural disasters and everything in between.
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 evidenced-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.
With new technologies and fads arriving daily, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Chudler use the principles of scientific research to investigate common worries ranging from asbestos to microwaves to gluten. As a pediatrician, I not infrequently encounter parents with these fears. I appreciate the humor and scientific rigor with which they sort through the cacophony of available information to advise us which anxieties are worth our attention--and which are not. -Carrie Nedrud, MD, Pediatrician
[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.
Few of us are able to make sense of the scientific literature for ourselves, but Chudler and Johnson have done the spade work for us, assembling the most reliable findings about the things that worry us all. They apply scientific reasoning to everyday situations in a fun and accessible way. The authors' wry tone and winsome humor brought a smile to my face even as I read about things that might kill me some day. - Adam Baker, PhD., Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota
Lise Johnson, PhD, isa 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 co-author, with Eric Chudler, of Brain Bytes: Quick Answers to Quirky Questions about the Brain.
Eric H. Chudler, PhD, is the executive director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and a neuroscientist at the University of Washington. He hosts the popular Web site Neuroscience for Kids and lives in Seattle, Washington.