Following the image of a dress (black and blue or gold and white) that sparked a viral debate on social media, yet another topic has emerged to divide the Internet, this time in audio form.
(Photo: Black and blue / Gold and white dress)
In the audio clip, some people hear Yanny, while some people hear Laurel. But there are also some who hear both.
Well, everyone is correct.
After some analysis, people have broken down the audio illusion, and science have explained the reasons for the divided opinions.
It all boils down to how our brains pick up on and interpret different frequencies in a speech.
Technically, if you focus on the highs and mids, you will hear Yenny. If you focus on the mids and lows, you will hear Laurel.
Ok, so if you pitch-shift it you can hear different things:
— Steve Pomeroy (@xxv) May 15, 2018
Literally everything at my show just stopped to see if people hear Laurel or Yanny. I hear Laurel. https://t.co/efWRw1Gj0L
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 15, 2018
I can finally do it. I can choose whether to hear Laurel or Yanny.
I have acquired the great skill.
I have achieved nirvana.
— Kira Kosarin (@kirakosarin) May 16, 2018
Give it a try! If you focus and listen for long and hard enough, I am sure you will be able to pick out both words.