'Yanny' Or 'Laurel'? Why People Hear Different Things In That Viral Clip

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If you are reading this, you are likely one of the more than 14 million people who vehemently believe that this audio clip is saying either the word "yanny" or the word "laurel." If you haven't heard it yet, take a listen : The short audio clip has sharply divided the Internet since it was posted by Twitter user Cloe Feldman on Monday. Why would people hear two totally different words? To answer this, we consulted experts in how human brains perceive sound. Nina Kraus, a neurobiology professor at Northwestern University , says, "It is not at all surprising to me that two different people will take a sound that is admittedly acoustically ambiguous and hear it differently." "Acoustically ambiguous" in this case means that it's a very poor-quality file....

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'Yanny' Or 'Laurel'? Why People Hear Different Things In That Viral Clip

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