It’s the gold dress thing all over again… but this time, we are using our ears instead of our eyes. This sound clip is going viral. Yanny, or Laurel?
I hear it as ‘Laurel.’ but Cheryl swears it’s ‘Yanny’.
— CFCO (@Country929) May 16, 2018
One Professor says it has something to do with the frequencies we hear as we age. “The Yanny/Laurel sound is meant to be ambiguous because each sound has a similar timing and energy content – so in principle it’s confusable. All of this goes to highlight just how much the brain is an active interpreter of sensory input, and thus that the external world is less objective than we like to believe.”