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

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

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

For the record, the man in the clip is saying "Laurel".

He also cited frequency fluctuations in the word that might affect how it is heard as well as the effect of different listening devices.

A couple years after the dress debate proliferated online and confounded millions of individuals worldwide, a recent viral conundrum has gained similar traction. That is, you can hear while you're asleep, and so in that regard, hearing is passive. She proudly says, "It's Laurel", before adding, "But I could deflect and defer to Yanny if you need me to".

A new debate is taking over the internet and its name is Yanny-Laurel.

How can people hear one sound in two different ways? The original clip came from the vocabulary.com audio guide to the pronunciation of the word "laurel", referring to a wreath worn on the head.

There were some people who said that us playing the recording for them changed their minds. I don't hear yanny at all.

But even if that explains which word was originally spoken, what accounts for the fact that some listeners hear something completely different? Let us know in the comments section.

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Wired magazine has reported that the audio file was posted by high school students on May 11. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that everything at her show stopped to see what people heard.

The Yanny vs. Laurel trend has seemingly driven the internet insane, as people continue to argue over what is actually being said in the clip.

Her guest Sandra Bullock said she "distinctly heard laurel" back stage, then "distinctly heard yanny" after walking out onto the stage.

"I heard Laurel", said DosmRider.

She says it's also about what we like or expect to hear.

"This is a relatively low quality signal that is played over a variety of devices and the sound was developed to be on a perceptual border", said Todd Ricketts of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Hearing and Speech Sciences Department.

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