perception

Cocktail Party Effect

Cocktail Party Effect

     The 'cocktail party' effect explains a phenomenon that occurs when focusing on a single source of auditory stimuli among the multiple sources of noise. When focus is applied, everything outside the range of focus is effectively tuned out of the individual's perception. This does not mean that the brain stops processing the background stimuli. A word or phrase of importance to the individual will catch their attention and shift their focus. This effect highlights how information is filtered to our conscious or subconscious.

Depressive Realism Hypothesis

Depressive Realism Hypothesis

Depressive Realism is a hypothesis developed by Lauren Alloy and Lyn Yvonne Abramson in 1979. Their theory suggests that depressed people have a more realistic view of the world compared to non-depressed individuals. The theory from these two psychologists sheds light on negative and positive cognitive biases and the effect on individual realities. The results remain controversial having evidence on both sides of the argument.

The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction

William Walker Atkinson wrote Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World in 1906. His publication supported his idea for a law of attraction. What we think manifests in our reality. Thoughts attract like things according to Atkinson. Evidence is lacking to support his claims but it hasn't stopped people from believing in the power of his law.