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cocktail party effect

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cocktail party effect


Definition A popular term referring to a listener’s ability to focus attention on a single speaker amidst a cacophony of conversations and background noise–as occurs at a cocktail party.

Comment This specialised listening ability is variously linked to human speech production, the auditory system, and high-level perceptual and language processing. 


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