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Yanny or Laurel? Which one do you hear?


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An audio snippet with just two syllables has ignited an internet meltdown, dividing social media users into staunchly opposed camps: do you hear "Yanny" or "Laurel?"

The collective sensory experiment causing a Twitter tizzy mushroomed from a short audio clip originally published by a high school student on Reddit, The New York Times said Wednesday.

Roland Szabo, 18, said he recorded the seemingly innocuous audio from a vocabulary website while doing a project for his school in the US state of Georgia.

He played it for his peers, who disagreed over whether the syllables formed "Yanny" or "Laurel."

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-yanny-laurel-soundbite-internet-din.html?

I heard "Laurel"

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Umm.. is this some sort of trick/joke/psychological-game ? 

It is CLEARLY "Yanney"

There are no consonants in the clip.. no "L"'s ? 

And the dress is clearly white and gold. 

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

I would have said it's 'laurel', I can't perceive the word 'yanney' from it at all.

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Saw this on the news at lunch today. I heard Yanny. Not sure exactly why or what it means so, meh.

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yes this has to be a technical trick of some kind because I heard 'yanny' - well 'yammy' actually - 

I reloaded the page about 3 times and it was always 'yammy' - 

there is no way the recording I heard was 'laurel'....

so I'm guessing that somehow the recording is programmed to say yammy or laurel to different IP addresses...?

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This was just on our news broadcast. I hear Laurel, or Laurie. 

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What a minute....could it be that we hear what we expect to hear? 

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2 minutes ago, XenoFish said:

What a minute....could it be that we hear what we expect to hear? 

 

I can honestly say I didn't expect to hear one or the other....

I was just curious as to which it would be.... 

 

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

According to this article in the BBC:

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The secret, it turns out, is frequency. The part of the sound that makes some people hear Yanny is higher frequency than that which makes some people hear Laurel.

As Lars Riecke, assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University, explained to The Verge: "If you remove all the low frequencies, you hear yanny. If you remove the high frequencies, you hear laurel.

"If your... ears emphasise both the higher and lower frequencies, you can toggle between the two sounds."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-44136799

 

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12 minutes ago, XenoFish said:

What a minute....could it be that we hear what we expect to hear? 

Like Saru, I tried to hear yanny and came nowhere close. I heard laurel, sometimes laurie which at least put a y sound on the end. When I heard it on our news broadcast and didn't know what I was listening to, I heard laurel.

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So what does hearing a high frequency actually mean? 

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6 hours ago, XenoFish said:

So what does hearing a high frequency actually mean? 

This link is from Popular Science. Make sure you scroll to the top of the article. They will ask you to listen to the first recording. Then to listen to the second recording where they modulate the bass frequency. ( you'll need to get rid of an ad) Still, all I hear is laurel.

https://www.popsci.com/yanny-laurel-scientific-evidence#page-2

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We have been talking about this a lot at our house today.

I hear "Yanny" and my wife hears "Laurie" :huh: There is no "R" in it!

It's amazing how different people hear it differently.

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7 hours ago, XenoFish said:

So what does hearing a high frequency actually mean? 

I'm not entirely confident about this but I'm guessing audio depth perception

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56 minutes ago, .ZZ. said:

We have been talking about this a lot at our house today.

I hear "Yanny" and my wife hears "Laurie" :huh: There is no "R" in it!

It's amazing how different people hear it differently.

 

well that disproves my guess about IP addresses (#5)... :) 

 

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6 hours ago, susieice said:

This link is from Popular Science. Make sure you scroll to the top of the article. They will ask you to listen to the first recording. Then to listen to the second recording where they modulate the bass frequency. ( you'll need to get rid of an ad) Still, all I hear is laurel.

https://www.popsci.com/yanny-laurel-scientific-evidence#page-2

Me too.

4 hours ago, bee said:

just saw this .... 

link - we made a tool so you can hear both Laurel and Yanny

still yaMMy for me though... but on that link thing Laurel sounds nicer to the ear....

I still can only hear Laurel.

5 hours ago, .ZZ. said:

We have been talking about this a lot at our house today.

I hear "Yanny" and my wife hears "Laurie" :huh: There is no "R" in it!

It's amazing how different people hear it differently.

At first my husband heard "Yanny" but as he kept on listening he said it was "Laurel."

I haven't been able to hear "Yanny" at all.

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What kind of scorcery is this?  I hear "Yanny" loud and clear!

Looking at the word "Laurel" and listening only for "Laurel", I still hear "Yanny".

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14 hours ago, Still Waters said:

I heard "Laurel"

First time I heard, "Yanni, Yanni, Yanni." But the second time...."Laurel",.... mind officially blown.

*boom*

:o

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at first I could only hear Laurel, but after setting the video speed to 0.25 speed and closing my eyes i'm beginning to hear Yanny. crazy stuff.

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To begin with I heard 'yanny, yanny'(just twice), and from then on just 'Laurel, Laurel' continually. 

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Maybe I was onto something when I said we hear what we want/expect to hear. 

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

I highly recommend listening to this for an extended period of time.  I thought people where just playing games and pretending to hear Laurel, but when you hear the opposite of what you were expecting you will be amazed.

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3 minutes ago, Kismit said:

First time I heard, "Yanni, Yanni, Yanni." But the second time...."Laurel",.... mind officially blown.

*boom*

:o

Hi Kismit, did you listen to it on two different mediums? Or if the same 'radio' for example was it via a different source?

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5 minutes ago, XenoFish said:

Maybe I was onto something when I said we hear what we want/expect to hear. 

Nope. I was expecting Yanni and I got Laurel.

Always search young grasshopper, life's mysteries are everywhere. 

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