A bunch of auditory neuroscientists hear "yanny", not "laurel"

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Is This Voice Saying 'Yanny' or 'Laurel?'

"However, your brain can't handle both at once, so it picks one and that is the version you hear". "How is it possible that people can hear one word or the other?"

"Watched this for 5 min and heard yanny...watched it 5 min later and I hear laurel". Social media users are similarly divided.

"Older adults tend to start losing their hearing at the higher frequency ranges, which could explain why Riecke could only hear Laurel, but his eight-year-old daughter could hear Yanny", reports The Verge. [Editor's note: It was not in unison.] The pair each tried a number of headphones ranging from nice to incredibly crappy and still heard only "Laurel".

Basically, if you change the pitch, you should be able to hear both. That could account for some people hearing "Laurel" and others "Yanny" - some people may be more susceptible to this particular illusion than others.

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It would be easier to figure out what's going on with the actual file if we had the original.

The debate rings similar to that of "the dress" from the early months of 2015. The similarites did not escape Twitter users.

"I am hoping to find the person that created the soundbite", She told me. Now I'm a Laurel-lord and I can't go back.

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