Yanny vs. Laurel? What do you Hear?


The internet loves a good debate - and three years aftera photo created a blue-gold dress divide almost as wide as the blue-red political gap comes a recording of a robotic voice saying Laurel. But it was also the year that everyone was absolutely divided over whether a dress posted on the internet was black and blue or white and gold. If you haven't, here's the tl;dr: There's an audio clip of a male computer-generated voice saying a word. Of more than 20 votes, 75 percent say it's "Laurel". It was first posted on Reddit a few days ago by user Roland Camry.

Feldman and RolandCamry did not respond to interview requests from NBC News.

As if we needed another thing to divide America.

Is it "Yanny" or is it "Laurel"? Those folks are more likely to hear Laurel.

But there are other reasons, Crum said.

Any spoken word is made up of a variety of sounds at different pitches, or frequencies.

Tell us, what do you hear?

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It may depend on a person's ability to hear high-pitched sounds, said Lindsay Bondurant, director of the Pennsylvania Ear Institute of Salus, in Elkins Park. "So, with a low quality recording (as is the one in question) and a wide variety of devices on which people are listening, it is not surprising that some might hear something like 'yanny, '" Story wrote.

The mere suggestion of "Which sound do you hear?" with the two words also influences what our brains interpret.

This is important, because the acoustics for "Yanny" is heard at a higher frequency than the acoustic information that makes someone hear "Laurel". "Then your brain picks what it wants to hear and some people hear Laurel and some people hear yanny", explains Dr. Heath.

Let's just get to the point.

"When I analyzed the recording of Laurel, that third resonance is very high for the L. It drops for the R and then it rises again for the L", he said.

As for where Crum falls in the Yanny/Laurel debate? "It is what it is".