cocktail party effect love

Help Wordnik hunt for a million missing words by backing our Kickstarter!

cocktail party effect


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • 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