"Yanny Vs. Laurel" Doctors Weigh In

Do you hear 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'? This weird sound illusion is tearing the internet apart

We were discussing this in the KHQ Newsroom too and it seems like everyone is split. Hence, they may not have been primed to hear either Yanny or Laurel like English-speakers would have.

So what exactly is going on?

Intrigued, Szabo sent it to a friend who posted the clip on Instagram and created a poll that quickly went viral, triggering a mass debate that has spread internationally.

"I have no idea why some listeners attend more to the lower frequency range while others attend more to the higher frequency range", she added.

She confirmed that the clip features an opera singer with good diction speaking the word aloud, and she's saying "Laurel" all along. He was able to make it say both Laurel and Yanny in the clip but he did have to change the pitch to accomplish this feat.

"If you hear Yanny and not Laurel I don't trust you", user Quincy Quarter-Zips tweeted.

"I hear Laurel and everyone is a liar".

The clip, posted on Tuesday night, has been retweeted more than 60,000 times and more than 30,000 people have commented on the thread.

This led to questions about why people perceive words differently.

The Yanny versus Laurel debate has taken social media by storms. "If you lose the high frequencies, the illusion goes away".

"It just depends on the audio and the equipment that you're using", he said.

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.

Ballou's co-anchor disagrees. "I heard "Laurel'", says Maggie Wade".

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

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