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'Yanny' Or 'Laurel'? Why People Hear Different Things In That Viral Clip

18 Mai 2018

This audio illusion is nearly MORE infuriating to the Internet than "The Dress" because how can two words that sound completely different when we say them out loud be so misheard?!

The audio clip was initially posted to Reddit but has now been shared across social media.

In fact, the daytime talk show host even upped the ante with a creepy audio clip that explored the power of suggestion. "I couldn't imagine how anybody could possibly hear laurel", he told his audience.

A short audio clip is completely puzzling the world and pitting friend against friend in the online debate. "But when I was standing here, it was Yanny", another woman said.

"It's so clearly laurel", quipped supermodel Chrissy Teigen.

The New York Times tried this out today and created its own yanny-versus-laurel audio switching tool.

Jody Kreiman, a principal investigator at the voice perception laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, helpfully guessed that "the acoustic patterns for the utterance are midway between those for the two words". "Everybody has a different take but ultimately, it illustrates that what is real isn't absolute".

"Laurel is more low-pitch in nature than Yanny". And still more hear Laurel one time, and Yanny another. But depending on who you ask, some hear Laurel and others hear Yanny. Except you'll only hear what two of them did, because they were split between "Laurel" and "Yanny". "It feels very obvious what the answer is and that is part of how our linguistics system is designed for us - to just make a hardcore decision", said Walker. It's crucial, she adds, to "use your experience with sound and what you know about it to fill in the gaps".

"There really isn't a true reality, there is only our perceptual reality", Crum said.

'Yanny' Or 'Laurel'? Why People Hear Different Things In That Viral Clip