Remember “The Dress”. Back in 2015, people couldn’t decide if they were seeing a black and blue or white and gold dress. It took over the internet for days and was all anyone could talk about. This is exactly like that… but this time it’s our ears tricking us, not our eyes.
When listening to the clip below, do you hear the word “Yanny” or “Laurel”?
When I first heard it yesterday all I could hear way “Yanny”. I thought anyone who heard “Laurel” was crazy. Then I go back to listen 20 minutes later and Yanny is gone! No matter how hard I try, all I can hear now is Laurel. My mind is blown.
It turns out there could be a scientific explanation to what you’re hearing. Since Yanny comes in at a higher frequency than Laurel, if you’re younger, you’re more likely to hear Yanny. Older adults tend to start losing hearing at higher frequencies, which could explain why (if you’re older) you only hear Laurel.
It’s something you can mimic on your own. If you play with the pitch, Yanny and Laurel can be heard more clearly and more distinctive. Like in the tweet below.
However, this still doesn’t explain how some people started with hearing Yanny and ended with Laurel or vice versa. I guess we’re the special ones! 😉
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