Getting Into Focus

Finding meaning and purpose to increase your attention span

In 1953, engineer Colin Cherry conducted an experiment to determine how well people could filter out multiple auditory stimuli.  He had his subjects simultaneously listen to two conversations – one in each ear through a set of headphones.  They were each told to repeat, as accurately as possible, the conversation in one ear, and to ignore the second conversation.  From Cherry’s experiment evolved the phrase, the “cocktail party problem”, a scenario in which we’re challenged to filter out unwanted noise in order to effectively engage in a one-on-one conversation.  This experiment was one of the first known experiments in the scientific community addressing the struggle to stay focused. [Read more…]