Title Worried?
Subtitle Science Investigates some of Life’s Common Concerns
Author Lise Johnson , Eric Chudler
ISBN 9780393712896
List price USD 25.95
Price outside India Available on Request
Original price
Binding Hardbound
No of pages 312
Book size 147 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
About the book Send Enquiry


“[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


“In Worried?, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Chudler have created an absolutely delightful guidebook to help all of us, from the casually anxious stray-thought worriers to the deeply obsessed safety-checklist warriors, deal with the stressors of the modern world. Rigorously researched, appropriately fact-checked, and uproariously witty, this little tome is a must have quick reference for that age old nagging question, ‘How bad is that, really?’”
Devapratim Sarma, PhD, Scientist & Neural Engineer, Rehab Neural Engineering Labs, University of Pittsburgh, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University


“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


“Don’t worry. Or, rather, worry sometimes, but only a certain amount, and only if you can do something to control the situation. From airplane crashes to sugar, Worried? walks us through common fears of the contemporary world, providing simple answers to the often challenging question ‘Should I be worried?’ Anchored by science and simplified with diagrams, Worried? is an elegant and fun guide to navigate our era of information overload.”
Nathan Insel, Ph.D., Department of Psychology and Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience, University of Montana


“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


“In an artfully crafted exposé, Worried? considers a collection of vignettes of the modern world likely to have roused implicit concern. Anyone who has re-considered ordinarily accepted elements of our existence will find this guide a beacon. The authors ability to weave science and statistics together with clarity cleverly reveal those anxieties which should bubble to the level of our awareness and those which we should not lose sleep over.”
Kurt Weaver, PhD., Assistant Professor of Radiology, Instructor, Human Form and Function Thread & Mind, Brain and Behavior Block, University of Washington School of Medicine


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.



How to Interpret the Worry Index



Chapter 1. Caffeine
Chapter 2. Dietary Supplements
Chapter 3. Food Additives
Chapter 4. Fair Trade
Chapter 5. Gluten
Chapter 6. Genetically Modified Organisms (GM0s)
Chapter 7. Organic Produce
Chapter 8. Pasteurized Milk
Chapter 9. Salt
Chapter 10. Sugar
Chapter 11.Teflon
Chapter 12. Alcohol
Chapter 13. Meat
Chapter 14. Food Safety
Chapter 15. Eat
Chapter 16. Antibiotics in Food Animals



Chapter 17. Oral Contraception
Chapter 18. Giving Birth in a Hospital
Chapter 19. Ebola
Chapter 20. Brain-Eating Amoeba
Chapter 21. Medical Errors
Chapter 22. Acetaminophen
Chapter 23. General Anesthesia
Chapter 24. Medical Imaging
Chapter 25. Flesh-Eating Infection
Chapter 26. Health Care—Associated Infections



Chapter 27. Mobile Phones
Chapter 28. Mold
Chapter 29. Microwave Ovens
Chapter 30. Asbestos



Chapter 31. Aluminum
Chapter 32. Flame Retardants
Chapter 33. Fluoride
Chapter 34. Formaldehyde
Chapter 35. Lead
Chapter 36. Mercury
Chapter 37. BPA
Chapter 38. DEET



Chapter 39. Snakes
Chapter 40. Cats
Chapter 41. Bears
Chapter 42. Bees
Chapter 43. Dogs
Chapter 44. Shark Attack
Chapter 45. Spiders
Chapter 46. Ticks
Chapter 47. Mosquitoes



Chapter 48. Elevators
Chapter 49. Public Restrooms
Chapter 50. Public Transportation
Chapter 51. Public Swimming Pools
Chapter 52. Airport Body Scanners
Chapter 53. Bedbugs
Chapter 54. Cruise Ships
Chapter 55. Amusement Park Rides



Chapter 56. Pirates
Chapter 57. Toys Made in China
Chapter 58. Asteroid Strike



Appendix A. Do-It-Yourself

Appendix B. Reading a Scientific Paper

Appendix C. First Aid Kit Index


About the Authors:

Lise Johnson, PhD, 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 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.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of Psychotherapy & Psychiatry.


Special prices are applicable to the authorised sales territory only.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.