Teen behind 'Yanny or Laurel' debate reveals what word really is
- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2018,
May 18, 2018, 4:09
He carried out his own experiment by analyzing a waveform image of the viral recording and compared it to recordings of himself saying "laurel" and "yanny".
Wired magazine solved part of the mystery Wednesday when it revealed the origins of the audio recording in question.
An audio clip posted to Twitter has social media users locked in fierce debate, with many comparing it to the infamous "blue/gold dress" from 2015. The results? That it's laurel, not yanny, with Dugan adding that "it's pretty obvious". "I don't know how this was made".
It's like a magic eye illusion, but for your ears.
The ABC late-night host struggled with the audio clip, hearing "yanny" over his phone. The TooFab offices were torn in two over which word could be heard, with half of us coming down on the wrong side.
"I only heard yanny once at the beginning and then heard laurel very clearly each time after which was really weird".
However, this doesn't explain why someone would hear the lower frequencies and some hear the higher frequencies in the first place. "We think we see reality when in reality, what we see is what the brain wants us to see".
The tweet said the Taliban in Farah, Afghanistan would have much rather heard "Yanny" or "Laurel" than the "defeating BRRRT" of the A-10 Warthogs sent this week to repel the insurgents. The majority of the experiments change the pitch of the sound clip, which does affect which word can be heard. "We hear something totally different". It is known that some sounds are audible only to people younger than 25. However, according to scientists, there is not one right answer since what word we hear depends on what frequency our brain picks up most easily.