The cocktail party phenomenon revisited: the importance of working memory capacity.

  title={The cocktail party phenomenon revisited: the importance of working memory capacity.},
  author={Andrew R. A. Conway and Nelson Cowan and Michael F. Bunting},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  volume={8 2},
Wood and Cowan (1995) replicated and extended Moray's (1959) investigation of the cocktail party phenomenon, which refers to a situation in which one can attend to only part of a noisy environment, yet highly pertinent stimuli such as one's own name can suddenly capture attention. Both of these previous investigations have shown that approximately 33% of subjects report hearing their own name in an unattended, irrelevant message. Here we show that subjects who detect their name in the… CONTINUE READING
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