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