'Yanny Vs. Laurel' Debate: How To Hear It Both Ways

Cloe Feldman

Cloe Feldman

While scientists debate over why we're all hearing different things from the same audio clip, check out how the rest of the internet is weighing in.

"Yanni", he says with a chuckle, perhaps delighted that the viral phenomenon has greatly improved his Google rankings in the past few days.

The viral trend is in line with debate previously over a now-famous blue dress, which split readers regarding which color the gown was presented as.

Is it "Yanny" or is it "Laurel"?

Some people went as far as adjusting audio levels to try to get to the bottom of it, with some pointing out it could have to do with whether you can hear high frequencies. Users can manipulate the slider to the left, until they hear Laurel.or move the slider to the right to hear Yanny. It is Laurel and not Yanny alright.

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The higher frequency is the Yanny and the lower frequency is the Laurel.

She added that our brains want to "categorize" the elements of speech when they are ambiguous, as in this case passing them either into the "Laurel" box or "Yanny" box.

Poppy Crum, chief scientist at Dolby Labs in San Francisco, said the environment in which one listens, including whether headphones or a speaker are used, affects the intensity of the frequencies, and hence what one hears. Kimmel concluded that maybe people really do have their own realities and that he might owe President Trump an apology for not believing that his Inauguration crowd was as large as the president said it was. Your brain is bound to pick out one word or the other given that prompt.

When the clip played on a computer at his school, Szabo said his classmates were on both sides of the pronunciation of the word.

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