Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

China gives its opinion on Yanny vs. Laurel

China gives its opinion on Yanny vs. Laurel

"It just depends on the audio and the equipment that you're using", he said.

This debate comes three years after the controversy over the gold and white or black and blue dress.

Wired managed to connect with the CTO of vocabulary.com, Marc Tinkler, who explained to them that the voice was one of 2,00,000 words initially recorded by opera singers because they are one of the few people who know how to read words written in the worldwide phonetic alphabet (IPA). To his ear, this was definitely a recording of the word "laurel". "We heard people say "Hear me", Dearie", "Laura" and "Yi-wee".

"Oh wow, I heard Laurel, you heard Laurel that time, I did, I swear this morning I heard Yanny".

Dr. Bunta said the audio illusion is actually a combination of artificial signals that sound like Yanny and Laurel.

"I don't think there's a right or wrong answer to this", Geddes said.

She added that our brains want to "categorize" the elements of speech when they are ambiguous, as in this case passing them either into the "Laurel" box or "Yanny" box.

"If you [remove] all the high frequencies and you just get the low frequencies, you hear Laurel", he said.

According to TIME, experts say several cognitive processes play an important role to determine what a person is hearing. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted everything at her show stopped to see what people heard.

Then, he said, you have to take into account the different ways people are listening to this - through mobile phones, headphones, tablets, etc. Even some doctors of audiology at Main Line Health are split.

Lars Riecke, an assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience, told The Verge how you heard the word was all to do with the frequency.

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