Why would people hear two totally different words?
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What is the recording actually saying?
"It's an interesting auditory illusion, if you will", McCreery said. "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. But New Age musician Yanni was in the yanny camp.
He noticed similarities in the features of these words, which you can see below. It's all due to Yanny-vs-Laurel Mania.
View Slideshow Story analyzed the acoustic features of the words"Yanny and"Laurel. Brad Story
Some people are focusing in on the lower frequency tones.
Britt Yazel, a neuroscience doctoral student at U.C. Davis, analyzed the sound file and filtered out all the sound above the frequency 4.5 kHz. "Yanny" can clearly be heard when the pitch is lowered, and "Laurel" can be heard when the pitch is raised.
"But not only that, the brains themselves can be wired very differently to interpret speech", he says. Older individuals tend to not have as great of a high frequency range, so they may be more likely to hear "Laurel". It is known that some sounds are audible only to people under 25.
She provides another example.
Do your speakers have anything to do with what you hear?
It can also depend on what you're listening to the clip on and where you're listening, McCreery said.
Finally, go back to the first clip. Amid the background noise, you're able to focus on what your dining partner is saying.
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