The Laurel vs. Yanny Debate Explained by a Neuroscientist

What do you hear?

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As the Laurel vs. Yanny debate continues to divide the Internet, WIRED took it upon itself to settle the discussion once and for all. In the video posted above, WIRED‘s correspondent Louise Matsakis speaks with neuroscientist Tyler Perrachione, PhD to break down and delve deeper into why some are hearing “Yanny” while others are hearing “Laurel.”

Perrachione goes on to explain how the differences between high and low frequencies in sound, the mechanics of the ear, and how psychological influences such as what you’re expecting to hear plays into the final outcome. In conclusion, those who hear at higher frequency ranges can hear “Yanny,” while those who hear at lower frequencies can hear “Laurel.”

The Laurel vs. Yanny audio illusion first hit the web on Tuesday, having already created a storm of memes to go along with it. Check out the full explanation above.

In more tech-related news, Samsung pokes fun at Apple again in its recent ad.

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