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This audio test has everyone on the internet confused



We love a good viral episode here on ShortList and today’s edition sees us tackle social media influcencer Cloe Feldman’s Laurel or Yanny audio test.

The 0.4 second long clip has left the Twitterverse in a state of utter confusion with thousands tweeting that they hear “Yanny” while thousands more claim that the automated voice is saying “Laurel”.

Give it a listen and let us know what you hear…

We’d tell you what we hear but the first time we heard it, we thought it was saying “yummy”…

We did some research and found that one man, Professor David Alais from the University of Sydney’s school of psychology, has explained why some are hearing “Laurel” and others are hearing “Yanny”.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “They can be seen in two ways, and often the mind flips back and forth between the two interpretations. This happens because the brain can’t decide on a definitive interpretation. If there is little ambiguity, the brain locks on to a single perceptual interpretation.”

Alais added: “Here, the Yanny/Laurel sound is meant to be ambiguous because each sound has a similar timing and energy content – so in principle it’s confusable. All of this goes to highlight just how much the brain is an active interpreter of sensory input, and thus that the external world is less objective than we like to believe.”

So there you go, you are hearing what you’d like to. As for us, we are on hold with the doctors, waiting to book a hearing test.


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