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Laurel or Yanny? What we heard from the experts

Laurel or Yanny? What we heard from the experts

Keep in mind, how different the words are - one is Laurel, the other is Yanny.

Remember "the dress" that tore apart the internet in 2015?

However, it wasn't the vocabulary.com clip went itself that went viral this week.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said, "I'd like to declare something that is just so obvious".

What's causing 10,000,000 people to hear such different sounds?

You could attempt to hear either on your computer by removing the high or low frequencies, Riecke said.

Especially if they heard the word played at either a slower speed or a faster speed.

Roshini Nair
Roshini Nair

Introducing: the Yanny-Laurel debate that's fractured the internet. How can some people hear "Yanny" and others the completely different-sounding "Laurel"? Now, friends and family are questioning what they hear on an audio clip taking the internet by storm.

"Any speaker that can replicate enough "low end" or "bass" - you will most likely hear Laurel".

Jody Kreiman, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Linguistics at UCLA, said listeners would normally have "semantic context" to interpret what they are hearing. "CBS This Morning" co-hosts Norah O'Donell and John Dickerson heard "Laurel" while Gayle King heard "Yanny".

Like with "the dress" three years ago, which some people saw blue and black and others saw white and gold, people are also divided with this audio clip.

The brain and ear together makes a quite a toolset, selectively listening and/or blocking what we hear. "So whichever you're more dominant to is what you're going to lean to, and why you're so persistent on it, that's what you think you hear".

"If you take that ambiguous word then kind of filter out the high frequencies, then you hear a very clear "laurel".

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