Thursday, 19 July, 2018

The internet is completely divided over this weird audio illusion

Nobody can agree if this robot says 'Yanny' or 'Laurel' and everyone is arguing about it Science doesn't quite know why you hear Yanny or Laurel
Pete Mitchell | 16 May, 2018, 14:06

YouTuber Cloe Couture tweeted out a video clip asking "What do you hear?!".

By adjusting the pitch up, "Yanny" people can hear "Laurel".

I, for instance, correctly hear "Laurel", spoken in a deep male voice with the diction of a seasoned radio announcer.

A sound "illusion" has taken the internet by storm after it first appeared on Reddit.

Additionally, as people grow older the range of frequencies they can hear is often diminished, especially high frequencies. Some people saw a gold and white striped dress in a now viral photo, while others saw the colors blue and black.

The Yanny vs Laurel debate is dividing the Internet.

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That's one word being spoken but with two interpretations. You may hear something different.

Some people have generously manipulated the audio to change what word you'll hear. Others are hearing "Yanny".

Here's another example of a visual cue affecting the way a word is heard.

You could attempt to hear either on your computer by removing the high or low frequencies, Riecke said.

"I just asked my dad what he heard and he said "nothing" and my mom said "rural".

He added that the device used to listen to the clip can also affect what you hear, due to the different frequency profiles of speakers or headphones.

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