Of late, I can see myself being consumed by so many thoughts that never transpired like this before. Unlike my childhood days, I have become incompetent beyond compare to brew my attention and focus it on one direction. And many times now, I have realized that even the slightest noise of my friend’s cough in the next room is enough to dissipate my concentration. Consequently, it has undoubtedly made me believe that one key organelle of my ‘Cocktail Party Effect’ system has been impaired as a result of which the total system has collapsed fatally.
Coined by the English cognitive scientist Colin Cherry in 1953, ‘Cocktail Party Effect’ is a phenomenon in which a person is able to focus the attention on a particular stimulus among many other stimuli occurring at the same time. For instance, a person who is capable to listen to a single conversation inside a noisy party hall is one perfect analogy of this spectacle.
Understanding the Cocktail Party Effect Courtesy: Click the LINK
Occasionally, when we talk with our friends in the presence of other people around, we often hear their conversation too, even if we don’t attend to it. In such circumstances, our attention box is often disturbed when we suddenly hear something that is of our importance or similarity, for example hearing the name of our beloved friend or a famous actor or anything else.
The studies reveal that the ‘cocktail party effect’ person are capable of tuning their attention frequency and filter all those unrelated. They can sieve the kind of things they are interested in and bottleneck their attention within a narrow passage. In doing so, they can channel their right attention to the right target.
But what’s happening to poor me these days? The entire hive of my attention is getting disturbed even with the silent footsteps of the breeze. This is rather funny and miserably humiliating.
“I love the attention but I don't like too much of it”- Eminem