'Laurel' or 'Yanny'? Why We Hear and See Things Differently

Ruben Ruiz
May 17, 2018

Why do some people hear "Yanny" and others hear "Laurel", and others seems to be able to switch between them?

"If you take that ambiguous word then kind of filter out the high frequencies, then you hear a very clear "laurel".

The viral clip first appeared on Reddit Monday, before social media influencer Cloe Feldman posted the question: "What do you hear?"

Emmy Rossum was one of the freaky few who could hear both: I hear #yanny so clearly. but if I listen closely I can hear a deep quiet ghost saying #laurel.so there. anyone else hear both?'

In fact, the New York Times actually created a tool to gradually accentuate different frequencies in the original recording so that listeners can hear either word. His classmates could not agree on what word they were hearing. The same physical sound is going into everyone's ears, but we hear completely different words. You'll hear that all-too-familiar sound. The debate there was whether it was black and blue or white and gold.

Ben Tucker said the Reddit post is set up so people are forced to pick one of the two options.

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Lars Riecke, an assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience, told The Verge how you heard the word was all to do with the frequency.

Then, he said, you have to take into account the different ways people are listening to this - through mobile phones, headphones, tablets, etc. Yanny or Laurel, not some blend.

"It is possible that that recording is altered to make some of those sounds ambiguous and our brain is left to fill in the blank", Geddes said. "I think everyone is hearing Laurel", Dr. Rob Sheuermann said.

So why do half of us hear one thing and half of us another?

All of us are arguing with each other about what's right or wrong.

Is it Yanny or Laurel?

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