Yanny Vs. Laurel: A Neuroscientist Weighs In

The audio clip for the laurel or yanny debate comes from

The audio clip for the laurel or yanny debate comes from

But besides "Yanny" and "Laurel", Chinese ears are hearing other terms such as "yaurel" and "yanrel".

IN what is literally the most ridiculous thing to hit the internet in 2018 - and that's saying something - a simple audio clip has sent shockwaves through the online world.

Soon enough, Reddit user Roland Camry (a friend of Castro's ) spotted the same, and then posted it to a channel called r/blackmagicfuckery after which it went viral on the internet.

Mark Tinkler, founder and chief technology officer of Vocabulary.com told the magazine the voice was that of an opera singer contracted to record English language words for the website.

"Up front, I have absolutely no idea", Holmes says.

"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.

Pristine studio headphones will give you a Laurel, while a tinny 2015-era cell phone is probably going to give you Yanny.

Laurel or Yanny? Yanny or Laurel? What can you hear
NZPA ROSS SETFORD Laurel or Yanny? Yanny or Laurel? What can you hear

"It's partly because of different frequencies in the audio file", Goetz said.

Geddes heard Yanny - but is there a right answer? How can some people hear "Yanny" and others the completely different-sounding "Laurel"? Listen to the video to hear the recording.

Patricia Keating, a linguistics professor and the director of the phonetics lab at UCLA, said: "It depends on what part [what frequency range] of the signal you attend to".

The acoustic frequency associated with Yanny is high, and with Laurel, low.

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

"The ears are picking up the sound and putting that sound into a neural code that is being sent via the auditory nerve to the auditory cortex where we're actually interpreting what we heard", Scott explained.

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