Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Odd sound is breaking the internet, what do you hear?

Odd sound is breaking the internet, what do you hear?

The higher frequency is the Yanny and the lower frequency is the Laurel. And why is social media up in arms? What most people are listening to is a clip from Roland Szabo, a high school student in Georgia. On Tuesday evening, Feldman said in a video that she was fielding multiple interview requests and searching for the original creator.

John Houde, who runs the speech neuroscience lab at UCSF where Kothare works, said that the either-or prompt of yanny or laurel is a classic example of what's known as a forced-choice experiment.

But they really are mixed together, and partially overlapping, which is what makes it sound different to different listeners, and why it's hard for people to switch their perception.

"It's partly because of different frequencies in the audio file", Goetz said.

While there's not a clear answer of what the word is in the recording, it all depends how you look at - or hear it. "Age? How much time they spend talking on the phone?" Let us know in the comments section below.

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Many more claimed they heard one word at one time, then another on a different occasion - appearing to signal it can change depending on your surroundings or sound device. It is known that some sounds are audible only to people younger than 25.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you've probably run into the latest viral trend: "Yanny" vs. "Laurel".

A nationwide phenomenon is breaking the internet.

"Part of it involves the recording", said Brad Story, Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing at The University of Arizona.

Local experts say how your brain interprets the pitch of the word determines what you hear.

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