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Yanny or Laurel: The internet’s latest viral offering




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Following the “blue dress versus white dress” viral phenomenon that divided families and friends in 2015 comes another new perceptual headscratcher.

This time, it’s audio-based.

https://twitter.com/CloeCouture/status/996218489831473152

So is it Yanny or Laurel? Or both? Or something else entirely?

Since it’s the internet, a number of hot takes and analyses have been written over this auditory confusion. So why does someone hear Yanny, instead of Laurel?

We’ll dive in.

Guest:

Bharath Chandrasekaran, auditory neuroscientist and associate professor of communications sciences and disorders at the University of Texas at Austin