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Yanny or Laurel? It’s your brain not your ears that decides

As a speech scientist, I never thought I’d see so much excitement on social media about one tiny little word.

  • Jennell Vick
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The clip, which went viral after being posted on Reddit, is polarizing listeners who hear a computer voice say either “Laurel” or “Yanny.” @AlexWelke tweeted, “This is the kinda stuff that starts wars.”

Lore 1aWhile I can’t prevent a war, I can explain some reasons why this sound file has created such a controversy.

Basically, the “word” relies on some tricks of acoustics.

Your brain, and…

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