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Yanny or Laurel? Speech Production And Audio Reproduction Sciences Explains What You Hear in This Audio Recording | The Hearing Blog
The Internet was set ablaze last Monday when Reddit user "RolandCamry" posted online a brief audio clip of the Vocabulary.com pronunciation of "laurel." What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I — Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018 According to Lars Riecke, an assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University who was interviewed in The Verge It's not actually an illusion. In fact, it's an ambiguous figure, the auditory equivalent of two figures in profile that also form a vase, called Rubin's vase. "The input can be organized in two alternative ways," he says. The secret is frequency. The acoustic information that makes us hear Yanny is higher frequency than the acoustic information that makes us hear Laurel. Some of the variation may be due to the audio system playing the sound, Reicke says. But some of it is also the mechanics of your ears, and what you're expecting to hear. Older adults tend to start losing their