The great Laurel or Yanny Debate

The great Laurel or Yanny Debate

We were discussing this in the KHQ Newsroom too and it seems like everyone is split.

It's the great debate of 2018: Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?

Go to the page for "laurel" (yep, that's officially the word in the clip) and click the audio icon. A post on Reddit that has gone viral has divided the netizens over what they hear from the clip. Another explanation for the same is to do with hearing loss with the higher frequencies getting lost when adults grow older.

"I did not create Yanny vs Laurel." she said.

Someone else suggested "ye li" - roughly translated as "in the night" - and wondered: "I keep hearing ye li, when is it going to be day?" Some of them didn't hear Laurel or Yanny.

According to a theory put forward on social media by the users, what you hear depends on the amount of bass that's being produced from the device you're listening on.

So, on Wednesday, the Dallas Cowboys made a decision to get in on the action, posting their own "Yanny vs. Laurel" video on Instagram. His classmates could not agree on what word they were hearing.

He played it for his peers, who disagreed over whether the syllables formed "Yanny" or "Laurel". Alais says that the brain can flip back and forth between both sounds because it can find a definitive interpretation of the clip.

It's not really a word, but it's not really a sound either; so many questions stem from two simple syllables.

The acoustic information that makes us hear "yanny" is higher frequency than the acoustic information that makes us hear "laurel". We should probably all take a one month break from the internet.

Kothare suggested that the recording was likely "cleverly synthesized" to trick our brain's powers of speech detection. First, listen to this noisy clip and see if you can hear a sentence. She adds that sound can be filtered with our expectations.



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