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Yanny or Laurel? Soundbite sparks internet debates

17 May 2018

So what exactly is going on?

People hear different sounds in different pitches, which is why the internet can not decide which word the recording is saying.

Since the clip went viral, the students responsible have solved the mystery - and the winners, it seems, are the "Laurel" team.

"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.

The internet exploded in argument this week as people debated which of those words a robot was saying in this recording, which originated on Reddit and was posted on Twitter by YouTube vlogger Chloe Feldman.

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

Rosevere says different frequencies bring out different sounds of the word.

It's a sound you'll probably start to hear in your nightmares after hearing it just once.

Dr. Ferenc Bunta, a communication sciences professor at the University of Houston, said the difference is if you're hearing the audio or listening to it.

It's the latest flash in the social media pan; the 2018 equivalent of the gold or blue dress.

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The visual prompt asking "Laurel or Yanny" would also prompt the listener to hear the word in a certain way.

"It just depends on the audio and the equipment that you're using", he said.

But Cavanaugh still says no matter what you hear, you're not wrong or right if you hear one over the other. Things got so confusing that they had to change their address out of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

Do your speakers have anything to do with what you hear?

Also, he said the clip illustrates that our brains decide what it wants to hear if there is an ambiguous signal like this one.

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Marino said, "I think maybe it creates something our brains aren't used to and so we interpret it differently".

Yanny or Laurel? Soundbite sparks internet debates