Yanny or Laurel? Soundbite still has internet divided

Pauline Gross
May 18, 2018

The video featured staff members such as press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and counselor Kellyanne Conway poking fun at themselves over a peppy musical track.

But by reading the words beforehand you are primed to hear one or the other. "All I hear is Yanny", she said.

Seemingly, the same audio is being heard in different ways by different people, at the same time. When the pitch is turned down 30% you'll hear Yanny, when it is increased 30% you'll clearly hear Laurel. This just shows that people on internet will debate on anything and everything and hence it becomes viral.

An 18-year-old high school student in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Roland Szabo was the first to post the audio clip on Reddit, where it quickly took off.

If not a short audio clip has been trending online that asks people what word they hear, Yanny or Laurel.

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Humans typically pay attention to three different frequencies when they're listening to speech.

Comparing this with the dress, a user wrote, "so is this dress yanny or laurel". For example, what you hear might have to do with your speakers, headphones, or the acoustics in the room.

If you've not heard the "Yanny/Laurel" audio clip that's been doing the rounds on the internet all week then you must have been living under a rock.

"There really isn't a true reality, there is only our perceptual reality", Crum said. The original recording was someone saying the word Laurel but with higher frequencies overlaid to provide ambiguity.

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