Some heard Laurel, some heard Yanny and now you can hear both at the Kansas Humane Society.
An audio clip posted to Twitter has social media users locked in fierce debate, with many comparing it to the infamous “blue/gold dress” from 2015.
Cognitive neuroscience professor Lars Riecke explained to The Verge that the audio illusion of Yanny vs. Laurel ACTUALLY has to do with frequency and pitch. So, if you’re hearing it on the phone, you may hear certain frequencies get damped, certain [ones] get enhanced. “What do you hear?!” wrote fashion designer Cloe Feldman.
There were some people who said that us playing the recording for them changed their minds.
“Clear as day, I hear Laurel”, Ted Phaeton said.
Twitter account Tomango shared a video of a toy that’s either saying “brainstorm” or “green needle”. “Most likely the original recording was Laurel”. “There’s just enough ambiguity in this fairly low-quality recording that [some] people are hearing it one way and some people are hearing it another”, reveals Brad Story, the associate department head of speech, language and hearing sciences at Arizona State University.
This Cheddar Cheese person pulled the clip from a review of the Ben 10 Alien Force Ultimate Omnitrix, posted to YouTube by DosmRider in 2014 (the magic happens at about the 6.45 mark).
The answer, acoustic professionals suggest, isn’t that you are hearing things, but that you are listening to things.
The potential client manifests himself (because audio clips have genders now) as a “large blue sound wave with muscular, toned abs and a boyish, playful smile”.
Some people have greater sensitivity to higher frequencies or lower frequencies, Yazel says, which could explain part of why people hear different things.
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She says speakers could also play a factor in what we hear. It’s crucial, she adds, to “use your experience with sound and what you know about it to fill in the gaps”.