The Cocktail Party Effect
When it comes to Social Psychology it is full of interesting terms that are surprisingly relatable. Imagine for a moment and place yourself in a noisy crowded room, a classroom or perhaps a gathering. You might be surprised at how your ears cock up when someone takes your name. We have the impressive skill to ever so conveniently filter out the mix of voices and focus on the one conversation we are in and tune out the rest of the chattering. This rather under-appreciated ability to selectively listen to information that is particularly relevant or interesting to us is called the cocktail party effect.