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Medical What causes someone to get annoyed by something?

  1. Oct 2, 2005 #1
    What causes someone to get annoyed by something?
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  3. Oct 3, 2005 #2
    The answer seems too obvious, so the fact you are asking makes me think you actually have something more specific in mind.
  4. Oct 3, 2005 #3
    Annoying, isn't it.
  5. Oct 3, 2005 #4
    ok, i don't think i asked this right. What in the brain controls the feeling of annoyance? What happens to the brain that makes it "release" this feeling? And why do some people get annoyed more easily than others?
  6. Oct 3, 2005 #5
    Why, the annoyance lobe of course. It's located anterior to the irritation lobe, and posterior to the frustration gyrus. :-) :-) :-)
    As a matter of fact, I don't know the answer to your question for sure. I haven't ever looked into it. My reccomendation for the place to look, though, would be in literature about the amygdala and the hypothalamus. The amygdala is a very important emotional center that governs, among other things, the fight or flight response; fear and agression. The hypothalamus has equally been shown to be a center for rage, anger, "attack-mode", among many other things.

    To the extent that "annoyance" might be thought of as a very low grade hostility, I would suspect one or both of these two organs to implicated in the physiological experience.

    The question of what annoys us is probably more of a psychological one, not necessarily neurological in most cases, and varies according to the individual. It's hard to say without a specific example of a specific annoyance to a specific individual to analyse. Some things annoy us because they offend our tastes and values, other things annoy us because they cause unpleasant sensations. Some things do both at once.
  7. Oct 4, 2005 #6


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    Building off zooby's answer, when thinking about why one person does something sooner than another (i.e., getting annoying), I'm inclined to consider their learned reactions based on experience, motivation, and avoidance behaviors (or inability to perform those). You might also want to take into account impulse control if you're thinking about why someone acts out on their annoyance, which is much easier to observe or measure than whether they feel annoyance that they don't act upon.

    Many behaviors are complex, and different aspects of them are regulated by different brain areas, so the full behavior or response requires all of those multiple areas. I'm really not sure about annoyance, but since people react to it in so many different ways (some by calmly walking away, some by physically fighting, others by verbally fighting, etc.), I wouldn't think it would have an easy answer or single locus regulating the behaviors associated with annoyance.
  8. Oct 4, 2005 #7
    thanks for the reply
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