Yanny or Laurel?

This short audio clip of a computer-generated voice has become the most divisive subject on the internet since the gold/blue dress controversy of 2015!

The audio “illusion” seems to be saying one word – but it's actually two words mixed together. What are you hearing - “Yanny” or “Laurel”? Take a listen to the audio below and then vote in our poll. 

 

 

Hi FM's Chris Birks spent most of Wednesday arguing with you talking about it, click below to hear what listeners to the show thought! 

Thankfully, scientists have an explanation for why you and your friends hear different things when listening to the recording. What you hear depends on which frequencies your brain emphasizes.

The higher frequency sounds in the recording make people hear "Yanny," whereas the lower frequencies cause others to swear they hear "Laurel." What you hear depends on what sounds your brain is paying attention to, your past experiences, and what you're expecting to hear. What word you experience might also have to do with your age. Older adults often start losing their hearing within the higher-frequency range, meaning it's possible that more young people hear "Yanny."

We've got a feeling this argument is never going to end!