Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Yanny or Laurel? Soundbite sparks internet din

Yanny or Laurel? Soundbite sparks internet din

Some people who listen to this audio file hear one thing; others hear something completely different. Either way, it's driving all of us insane.

The great dress debate came back on Tuesday (May 15), but this time with a computer saying a word.

Amit Almor is a psychology professor at the University of SC.

In perhaps the most vexing element of the debate, the majority of listeners hear beyond doubt one of the two words, with few waffling between the two.

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"We perceive information and we need to make sense out of it". So if you're listening on your phone, laptop speakers or through cheap headphones, you might hear something different than with a high-quality sound system, CNET reports. Well, your ears just might be different. There are variations in how we each perceive sound.

One sound clip is reportedly tearing the internet apart based exclusively on fighting surrounding whether, when played, the listener hears "Laurel" or "Yanny". You might actually hear sounds differently than the person next to you.

He says some people on the internet can also manipulate the sound of it.

Some people went as far as adjusting audio levels to try to get to the bottom of it, with some pointing out it could have to do with whether you can hear high frequencies. If you filter out the low frequencies, then you hear "yanny", said Almor.

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