The Cocktail Party Phenomenon

PSY101H: Week 3 Assignment Page 1


Worksheet: The Cocktail Party Phenomenon

Assignment Overview

Imagine that you are at an office party, a holiday party, or a gathering of friends at the home of a neighbor and you are engaged in a discussion with a friend. Suddenly, you hear your name mentioned by an individual engaged in a conversation behind you. You become unable to concentrate on your discussion, because you are too busy trying to hear what the people are saying about you. You know you were not deliberately eavesdropping on this conversation, but you know that you heard your name. Is it possible that you were unconsciously eavesdropping?

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In this assignment, you will describe the reasons behind a phenomenon referred to as “The Cocktail Party Phenomenon.”

Assignment Details

· Complete the reading assignment and the interactive lesson before attempting this assignment.

· Using LIRN or other online reliable Internet resources prepare responses to the questions below.

· Your responses (approximately 250 words) must have correct spelling and grammar.

· Use APA format: double space, 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1” margins

· Submit Week 3 Assignment via Blackboard by clicking on the “Week 3 Assignment” link.

· Include the proper file naming convention: PSY101H_wk3_assn_jsmith_mmddyyyy.

Assignment Worksheet

Using LIRN or other reliable online resources to respond to the following:

1. Define dichotic listening.


2. How does dichotic listening work?


3. How does this explain what is happening at the party?


Grading Criteria Points
Defined dichotic listening in your own words. 10
Described the process of dichotic listening. 20
Explained dichotic listening in terms of what is happening at the party. 20
Word count and APA formatting 10
Assignment is free of spelling and grammar errors. 5
Total Points 65

Note: See the Written Assignment Rubric for a review of writing expectations.