Some hear 'Yanny,' others hear 'Laurel' in viral, divisive audio

Some hear 'Yanny,' others hear 'Laurel' in viral, divisive audio

In the recording, two separate voices are saying the names "Yanny" and "Laurel" at the same time.

First of all, the clip is, according to Sanker "not prototypical" of either laurel or yanny.

Of course, maybe the entire debate is pointless and we should be focusing on huge brains on more important things, like saving the world or not crashing the vehicle on our way to work. Much like the dress that came before it, the clip has sent thousands of Twitter users into a confounding tailspin of perception. Several users have pointed out that they hear things differently depending on the speakers through which they hear it - laptop, mobile, or headphones. "Yanny or Laurel." Twitter users seem split in their responses with many questioning how anyone could hear the opposite word.

"Watched this for 5 min and heard yanny...watched it 5 min later and I hear laurel". The middle consonant is definitely not an n, Sanker said, but you might hear one because the vowel in front of it sounds particularly nasal.


But that doesn't necessarily explain why someone would hear the lower or higher frequencies.

Additionally, as people grow older the range of frequencies they can hear is often diminished, especially high frequencies. Also, our ears love to play tricks on us, making audio illusions just as fun as optical illusions.

Anyway, listen to the clip and tell what you think, we're divided in the office.

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