Do you hear Yanny or Laurel

A robot voice divides the network. Again our own senses are deceiving us. But what do you hear, “Laurel” or “Yanny”? Try it.

Two words, two completely different spellings and yet everyone is at odds. The audio clip from was first excavated Reddit. In the meantime he has taken the entire network by storm. But what is the name of the dear Internet storm: “Laurel” or “Yanny”?

You tell us

What do you hear ?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I

- Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018

And? Actually as clear as day, one would at least think. Or is our own perception playing a trick on us? Of course, this brings up the legitimate question: does this also happen to us in everyday life? It is well known that communication should be everything, but the exchange of information goes wrong by the dozen. It's not for nothing that we talk past each other almost every day. Does the clip provide the answer for that? There should even be people who hear both voices. The heart then decides. Before we break the spit, let's let the network have its say.

A small selection of the most beautiful comments

How are y’all hearing yanny😭😂 it clear as day says laurel 😭

- Divonte Wilson (@ Wilson1Divonte) May 15, 2018

I tried to listen so I could hear yanny but I kept hearing laurel 😂😁😂

- mykahsavagemon. (@livelovemykah) May 16, 2018

Last night I heard yanny 😰😰😰😰😰 then just replayed it. It was saying laurel 🤯🤯🤯🤯

- ⚡️Josiah Tijerina ⚡️ (@JosiahsPictures) May 17, 2018

The phenomenon has long since reached Google. In “Google Trends”, “Laurel” is clearly the more common choice.

And that is what the science suspects behind the jumble of words. First of all: There are several explanations, here too there is disagreement.

1. Patterns are similar in their acoustics

“The energetic effort for“ Ya ”is very similar to that for“ La ”. "N" is similar to "R", "I" is close to "L", "Jody Kleinman explains to the" New York Times ". Moreover, the truth for the riddle lies in the middle of the two words. The "acoustic pattern for the utterance" is anchored there.

The psychologist David Alais from the University of Sydney also shares this opinion in the British Guardian: “There are two ways of interpretation, the brain often jumps between the two. That happens because the brain has no definitive solution. ”In addition, both words have the same linguistic energy content, which causes confusion.

2. Pitch, volume, bass

Of course, the volume and the bass also influence the way in which we perceive sounds. If you play the sound file more quietly and mute the bass, “Yanny” can be heard. A user provides the relevant evidence.

you can hear both when you adjust the bass levels: pic.twitter.com/22boppUJS1

- Earth Vessel Quotes (@earthvessquotes) May 15, 2018

3. Frequency range has an influence

If you trust the words of Patricia Keating, language professor at U.C.L.A, we tend to prefer certain frequencies. She cannot answer why this is so. Maybe it's age, or maybe the time we spend on the phone on the phone.

This clip from a Twitter user illustrates how much the frequency manipulates our perception.

Despite objective proof I still think it's # Laurelpic.twitter.com / RcJpZZncRC

- Alex Saad (@XeSaad) May 15, 2018

The question remains: "Yanny" or Laurel "?

Translated into German, the answer is "Laurel". Anyone who has paid attention to the English class already knows. Right, "Laurel" is the spoken expression that some people perceive totally differently. In the meantime, the origin of the darned file has also been clarified. The audio clip comes from the page vocabulory.com, reports the "New York Times". However, the original recording had been changed using a synthesizer. A small consolation for all "Yanny listeners".

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