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Multiple Sources in a Reverberant Environment: The "Cocktail Party Effect"



Perry F. Wilson


This electronic Acoustics and electromagnetics have a number of parallels based on similar equations describing propagation, reflection, and reverberation. This paper considers one example, the "cocktail party effect", that describes speech comprehension in the presence of multiple background conversations. An electromagnetic equivalent is developed that may have application to describing the quality of a wireless communications link in the presence of multiple and similar background signals.
Proceedings Title
EMC Europe 2017
Conference Dates
September 4-8, 2017
Conference Location
Angers, FR
Conference Title


acoustics, coexistence, reverberation chamber, wireless communications


Wilson, P. (2017), Multiple Sources in a Reverberant Environment: The "Cocktail Party Effect", EMC Europe 2017, Angers, FR, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created September 3, 2017, Updated April 12, 2022