Just when you thought ~The Dress~ was part of our past, there comes ~The Dress~ part two in form of an audio.
Earlier this week, people around the world were caught in an internet debate over an audio that's either saying "Yanny" or "Laurel." The debate originally started on Reddit but was later taken to Twitter, and shortly after became the #1 trending topic on Facebook. Clearly, this voice was tearing the internet apart. You have people hearing "Yanny" and you have people hearing "Laurel."
Luckily, science has the answer to this mind-blowing phenomenon and why it's messing with your ears and brain.
According to The Verge, the secret is frequency. "The acoustic information that makes us hear Yanny is a higher frequency than the acoustic information that makes us hear Laurel. Some of the variations may be due to the audio system playing the sound," Lars Riecke, an assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University, said to The Verge. "But some of it is also the mechanics of your ears, and what you’re expecting to hear."
Also, this audio mind game is not an illusion, it’s an ambiguous figure, which as per The Verge, is "the auditory equivalent of two figures in a profile that also form a vase called Rubin’s vase."
So, are you Team Yanny or Team Laurel?
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