Yanny Vs. Laurel: A Neuroscientist Weighs In

How we hear things depends on how we're listening to them

How we hear things depends on how we're listening to them

First, it was over the black and blue or white and gold dress (#TeamBlackandBlue, ) and now it's over an audio clip of a voice saying "Yanny" or "Laurel".

The higher frequency is the Yanny and the lower frequency is the Laurel.

Audiologists say people are divided on what they hear because of several cognitive processes that the brain uses to give meaning to sound.

We also took to the streets to find out what Ottawans heard, and you can check out the responses in the video above.

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A odd audio clip has taken over, making people question their hearing. What most people are listening to is a clip from Roland Szabo, a high school student in Georgia.

"How it was recorded, how it was played back, if there was any frequency modulation in between the two, and also the speaker, said Cavanaugh".

But he said it was also more hard to determine the word in this particular recording because it is "not real speech". She said she heard laurel.

"I'd like to declare something that is just so obvious, it is Laurel and not Yanny", he said.

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Some speculated online that the age of the listener might determine what was heard, while others changed the pitch to alter results.

A tweet from Cloe Feldman on Monday has caused a social media firestorm. "I think maybe it creates something our brains aren't used to and so we interpret it differently", said Marino. The different things we hear reminds us that our world, and ourselves, are far more unknown than we think. "I can't figure out how one would hear yanny".

When the clip played on a computer at his school, Szabo said his classmates were on both sides of the pronunciation of the word.

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