Yanny or Laurel? Two tribes at war over internet clip audio illusion

17 May, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Listen up Team Laurel

"Part of it involves the recording", Brad Story, a speech, language and hearing professor at the University of Arizona, said to CNN. Was it a black and blue dress or a white or blue dress?

In case you chose to spend yesterday on an island in the middle of the ocean, chances are you are familiar with the Yanny vs Laurel test.

Just like the dress thing, it all comes down to the individual. So, the good (and infuriating) news is that whatever you, your friends, and your coworkers hear is correct. I loved it. And now you betray me? "And that in itself allows there to be some ambiguity already". There's a new viral web controversy that has people questioning their senses - and the senses of others. Scientists have looked hard for an explanation and thus far there is no consensus on how or why the human population got split along this tectonic fissure.

'The chipmunk should sound like laurel and the bear should be yanny separately, ' he continued.


One theory presented in the Guardian is that the illusion is an example of "perceptually ambiguous stimulus". Some are convinced people on the other side are just trolling them. Once your brain has processed a sound as having a certain meaning, it is hard to hear it another way. There can be a lot of factors at play here. The middle consonant is definitely not an n, Sanker said, but you might hear one because the vowel in front of it sounds particularly nasal. Everybody watching the screen with their eyes and ears open hears it the same way. He equates the difference in what people are hearing to mishearing song lyrics, where if the lyrics are hard to understand, listeners fill in what their minds say it should be. Feldman said she's trying to find the original creator so that she can give them credit.

"Yanny or Laurel" took the internet by storm after a Reddit user posted the short clip of a robot reading the word.

This article is reproduced with permission from Scientific American.

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