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What Do You Hear?

Remember the blue/gold dress debate that divided the nation? There’s a new split taking over the internet and this time it is an audio illusion clip.

A sound bite is causing an uproar as to whether the computer-generated voice is saying “Yanny” or “Laurel” – so what do you think?


Similar to the dress colour debate way back in 2014, there is a scientific reason why people perceive things differently.

Even when the two words are completely different, like Yanny and Laurel.

According to Lars Riecke, an assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University, the difference is down to frequency.