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cocktail party effect

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  • n. the ability (or the difficulty) of focusing one's attention on a single auditory source in a jumble of noises

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  • As per the Wik: "The cocktail party effect describes the ability to focus one's listening attention on a single talker among a mixture of conversations and background noises, ignoring other conversations. This effect reveals one of the surprising abilities of our auditory system, which enables us to talk in a noisy place."

    March 26, 2008