Laurel or Yanny? What science has to say

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Laurel or Yanny? What science has to say‘CNNYanny vs. Laurel is ‘The Dress of 2018”but these sound experts think they can end the debate right now‘Popular ScienceScience doesn’t quite know why you hear Yanny or Laurel‘CNET

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Quite a lot has been going on:

Yanny vs. Laurel is ‘The Dress of 2018”but these sound experts think they can end the debate right now

Gird yourself for another ‘the dress’ debate. You remember it even if you wish you didn’t: an image of a dress went viral on Twitter because it appeared, to some, to definitely be white and gold, while others were positive it was black and blue. Yes, the audio version of the viral visual atrocity is here, and it’s just as frustrating as that darn blue dress (yeah, I said it).

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Now show it to all your friends and watch your sanity disappear as they all vehemently disagree. In a reply, another Twitter user claimed you can change what you hear by modulating the bass levels. We test that out here:

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Science doesn’t quite know why you hear Yanny or Laurel

University of Arizona professor Brad Story shows that the original audio is most likely saying “Laurel.”

The truth? We still don’t quite know — because those experts came up with at least four different explanations.’

Intermission.

“The low quality recording creates enough ambiguity in the acoustic feature that some listeners may be led toward the ‘yanny’ perception,” Story told PopSci. “With a high-quality recording, and if all listeners were listening with the same device, there may not be any confusion.”

Intermission.

6/7 But the main reason (I suspect) people hear this differently is bc different headphones and speakers filter the frequencies of the sound in different ways. Cheaper/worse speakers (e.g. your earbuds) filter out low frequencies, while better speakers can handle them.

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