March 26, 2019

Yanny or Laurel? Dori weighs in

18 May 2018, 03:36 | Devin Moran

PixabayLaurel vs Yanny One sound has provoked fierce debate


We're not sure, but it's another good illustration that what we experience is subjective, with often no "right or wrong" answer.

She said our brains want to "categorise" the elements of speech when they are ambiguous. "However, there is a significant difference in the second and third resonances of the two words, which is how humans interpret the words", she said.

The ABC late-night host struggled with the audio clip, hearing "yanny" over his phone. Oh, and I hear "Brady". "But now in this studio, all I hear is laurel".

But some do hear Yanny! "Nothing has ever mattered less than this".

"What's real to one person might not be real to another person". Because maybe this crowd to him [he showed an image of Trump's inauguration audience] really is bigger than this crowd [showed an image of Obama's inauguration crowd]. "Maybe it's just perspective". Probably worse than I was during the whole Yanny/Laurel thing. He carried out his own experiment by analyzing a waveform image of the viral recording and compared it to recordings of himself saying "laurel" and "yanny". "Yanny or Laurel." Audio experts are offering reasons ranging from quality of the recording to what pitch your ears pick up.

Fallon was in the minority, saying he could hear it both ways. See what side they landed on down below. "I think that dress is definitely blue".

User Dani said she was flashing back to "the dress".

Wait. No. This is even worse, they didn't figure anything out: THEY STARTED A NEW DEBATE.

Play the clip (below) and listen for yourself! "Again, yelling does not make more of you".

After running the Reddit clip through sound filtering software, Nearey also discovered that its noisier signal helps explain not only why some people miss the L sounds, but also why the "Yanny" voice sounds much higher to those who hear it.

It comes down to a simple question: "Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?"

Patricia Keating, a linguistics professor and the director of the phonetics lab at UCLA, said: "It depends on what part (what frequency range) of the signal you attend to".

"It's something we do all the time". Couple this with all the cultural and linguistic ways we've been trained to hear certain vowels, and you've got a flawless recipe for a little audio illusion.

So then ... how can we trust what we hear?

"In your head?" Ellen joked.

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