Laurel or Yanny? What science has to say

Do you hear Yanny or Laurel Viral audio clip sends internet into meltdown 0

Any while most listeners were divided on if they heard "Yanny" or "Laurel," some people said they heard both after multiple listens.

Here at the Chief, of the six people who've heard the audio, four people hear "Yanny", while one person hears "Laurel".

"I hear Laurel and everyone is a liar".

But that audio clip has actually been hiding in plain sight for who knows how long at Vocabulary.com. The frequencies for each sound are a little different from person to person and language to language. People in the room disagreed about what they were hearing. But how is it possible that different people hear different words? "Then there was a period where it sounded like someone was saying Yanny and someone else was saying Laurel at the same time. When the low frequencies are more emphasized, people will hear "Laurel"," Crum said. The debate over whether the dress is "gold and white" or "blue and black" had reached a point where one started questioning his/her sanity. "The interesting thing about the word Yanny is that the second frequency that our vocal track produces follows nearly the same path, in terms of what it looks like spectrographically, as Laurel".

So now we ask, what do you hear, Laurel or Yanny?

The clip went viral after an 18-year-old high school student in Lawrenceville, Ga., United States, recorded the voice from vocabulary.com and played it in front of his class as a part of a project.

Kevin Cureghian, a Los Angeles-based audio engineer, attributes it to the difference in speakers.

"It is synthesized speech and the output is a little ambiguous", Goetz said.

Couple this with all the cultural and linguistic ways we've been trained to hear certain vowels, and you've got a flawless recipe for a little audio illusion.

But Cavanaugh still says no matter what you hear, you're not wrong or right if you hear one over the other.

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