Were you confused about the Yanny or Laurel debate?
Now, to the more important stuff: the voice is obviously, undoubtedly saying "Yanny" and there will be no further questions on the matter. How can it sound so different to so many people?
The recording seems to be a slightly altered version of vocabulary.com's pronunciation aide for the word laurel. Like Yanny v. Laurel, one word is clearly heard over the other.
Now before we allow this to become the next "laurel" and "yanny" we have some bad news. Beck says that while people think hearing occurs in the ear, both hearing and listening actually occur in the brain.
"I hear covfefe", said President Donald Trump from his desk in the Oval Office. You see, some people claim to hear "Laurel" while others claim to hear "Yanny", which has led to some heated debates around water coolers and dinner tables the world over. "That's why some people may be able to switch between the two".
The different audio perceptions, scientists told The Times, may stem from the presence of "acoustic patters. midway between those for the two words" or from listeners' focus on different audio frequencies. U of A linguist Benjamin Tucker is looking for Canadian English speakers aged 30 and older to take part in a study of language comprehension.
Wired magazine has reported that the audio file was posted by high school students on May 11.
"It's something we do all the time".
"There really isn't a true reality, there is only our perceptual reality", Crum said.
Her guest Sandra Bullock said she "distinctly heard laurel" back stage, then "distinctly heard yanny" after walking out onto the stage.
She said our brains want to "categorise" the elements of speech when they are ambiguous.
"Just because there's twilight doesn't mean we don't understand what day and night are", Coppenger said. This is a case where the cues are restricted, so the brain tries to reconstruct what it can.
First, it was the color of a dress, now it's the word being said on an audio clip.