Do You Hear “Yanny” or “Laurel”? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)


Do you hear YANNY? Or LAUREL? A recent Twitter poll found, that 47% of people hear “YANNY”, while 53% hear “LAUREL” Clearly this has created an internet argument that is dividing the nation So what is the science behind the madness? One of the first aspects is PRIMING If you were to play this clip without providing the option of “YANNY” or “LAUREL,” you may have heard neither of these words, But by reading them, you’re primed to hear one or the other. Secondly when you speak you are producing sound waves, which propagate through the air This is a visual depiction of the sound waves of the original YANNY/LAUREL recording created by Brad Story, a Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Here is the depiction of him saying “LAUREL” You can see that the acoustic features are very similar Here is a depiction of him saying “YANNY” The acoustic features are also similar So the words “YANNY” and “LAUREL” audibly are more similar than you might think Whether you’re listening on a laptop, phone or headphones will influence what you hear based on sound quality But what if you were listening through the same device but you hear different things with someone next to you? It might have to do with the age of your ears The sounds in “YANNY” play at a higher frequency than the sounds in “LAUREL” As we age, our ears are less able to hear higher frequencies So if you are hearing “YANNY”, you might have younger ears Luckily with the help of the internet, we can hear both Brilliant twitter user @xxv posted audio of the pitch brought both down and up When you listen to it brought down 30%, you will hear “YANNY” “YANNY” (played twice) But when you listen to it with the pitch brought up 30%, you will likely hear “LAUREL” “LAUREL” (played twice) Your brain has so much stimulus at all times that it uses existing information and precise neurological pathways to focus its attention This is why at a loud party you can listen to your friend beside you but pop your attention into another convo if need be Similarly, your brain is unconsciously choosing which frequencies in the recording to pay attention to so So… What is the final answer? If you heard “LAUREL”, you are correct! The original recording is saying LAUREL but with higher frequencies overlaid, creating ambiguity **Love learning about amazing and interesting things in the world? We actually just started a brand new podcast called “SIDENOTE” where we explore the things that are stumping us or making us curious in life and then insert all the mind-blowing science behind it We’d love for you to check it out on iTunes or whichever podcast app you use Your support means a ton to us as we slowly journey into exploring more science in a new medium Again it’s called SIDENOTE and it’s brand new, so we’re excited to know what you think We’ll leave some links below And subscribe for more weekly science videos every Thursday

100 Comments

  1. Anita Hailey

    September 30, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I CAN HEAR BOTH 😂

  2. Fre Zin

    September 30, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Only a Dumb Will answer The real question except for genuis
    Im dumb i heard it laurel everytime i watch this yanny or laurel

  3. Rendra Mimba

    September 30, 2019 at 11:30 am

    I hear both lmaoo

  4. eyy wassup

    September 30, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    i see nothing wrong with it tbh

  5. Liana Dewi

    September 30, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    I hear laurel

  6. Olegator

    September 30, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44 1:44

  7. The Wholemeal

    September 30, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Husband: I love you yanny

    Wife: Who the hell is Laurel

  8. Qooba-El

    September 30, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    First time I hear Yanny but when i watch this again i hear Lauren…. wtf😅😂😂

  9. Jcat Nguy

    September 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I hear yammy.

  10. Zansei Studio

    September 30, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I hear Jelly. Wth is wrong with me

  11. Rodger Again

    September 30, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Came back to this shit to hear Laurel only again.

  12. Maria Kutsick

    September 30, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I hear laurel

    Like if you also hear laurel
    👇

  13. Abby Sullivan

    September 30, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Can anyone else hear Yanny and Laurel??

  14. Maria Kutsick

    September 30, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Omg i watched this video 5 minutes ago and I heard laurel and now I hear yanny

  15. xXBlueberry MuffinXx

    September 30, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I hear both lol 😂

  16. Jessica Wright

    September 30, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Teacher: ok we have a new student
    Yanny:hi class!!!!
    Class:Hi laurel!!!
    Yanny:?????

  17. Mallory Miessler

    September 30, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    I hear both

  18. Brooke's Cool Girl Club

    September 30, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Bro I’m 12 and I’m hearing laurel idk how you could hear yanny

  19. mollinq mollinq

    September 30, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Yanny

  20. Silke E

    September 30, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    I hear larry 😕

  21. Diamond Roza

    September 30, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I heard yanny,larurel,yanny,yanny
    But when I replayed it I heard it all as yanny

  22. Anana's animations and gacha

    September 30, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Yanny

  23. Bluegoose3460

    September 30, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    1:54 I heard Yanny on both of them

  24. MistaBut :D

    September 30, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Do you hear yanny?
    “Laurel, yanny”
    Or laurel?
    “Yanny, yanny”

    Pitch down 30%
    “Yanny
    Pitch up 30%
    “Yanny”
    TF IS WRONG WITH MY BRAIN

  25. Micu stefania

    September 30, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I hear Yanny

  26. Panda Gurl Gacha

    September 30, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    I hear yammy

  27. Large Plural Chungus

    September 30, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I’m hear the in 2019

  28. Super Greyflash

    September 30, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    I heard Yanny when you brought it up

  29. Athrekyte

    September 30, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Whichever I think I can hear

  30. GemGem32

    September 30, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    At first it was Laurel. And then it became Yanny. And now I'm just Launny

  31. Blake987654321 500456789

    September 30, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I hear Yammy…

  32. Fallen Star - ROBLOX

    October 1, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Last year I heard laurel and now I hear yanny ;-; IM SO CONFUSED

  33. Dylan Rojas

    October 1, 2019 at 12:21 am

    It’s YANNY

  34. Vader Productions

    October 1, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Laurel

  35. Epic Gam3s

    October 1, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Laurel laurel yanny laurel

  36. Swiss Cheese

    October 1, 2019 at 12:59 am

    I heard Laurel, then one day I came back to it and heard Yanny, but know I hear Laurel again.

  37. Icebeamer

    October 1, 2019 at 2:14 am

    I HEARD LAUREL IN THE BEGINNING AND THEN I WENT BACK AND HEARD YANNY

  38. rbxstrobe

    October 1, 2019 at 3:45 am

    1:52 if you listen closely you can hear both

  39. Maria Lopez

    October 1, 2019 at 3:49 am

    I hear laurel

  40. Yummy Coffee

    October 1, 2019 at 4:06 am

    I hear "yannrel"exsuse me why

  41. Abijah Bonifacio

    October 1, 2019 at 5:07 am

    I hear hanny

  42. Bubble Gacha

    October 1, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Laurel

  43. m i s t y F o r e s t

    October 1, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Yanny

  44. Roblox Network

    October 1, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I hear both

  45. Jd Jd

    October 1, 2019 at 11:02 am

    I hear yanny
    btw who's wathing this in 2019?

  46. mao james

    October 1, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I hear Yanny

  47. Sofie Louise Abundo

    October 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Its yanny tumbs up

  48. Kriztof Mykel Bangloy Gaspar

    October 1, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I hear the both word

  49. BladerYohan 1213

    October 1, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I dont hear anything because im using a potato

  50. Cyrus Roblox

    October 1, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I hear laurel

  51. CHÂU PHI CO.,LTD

    October 1, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Do you hear Yanny?
    My ears :Yanrel

  52. Lena Och Lona

    October 1, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    i hear yanny

  53. twiceuuu luvvv

    October 1, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    "Do you hear yanny?"
    (Laurel, yanny)
    "or do you here laurel"
    (yanny, yanny)

    so uhm-

  54. Doodle XD

    October 1, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    i hear yelly and yanny

  55. Leonce Doing Something

    October 1, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I hear both

  56. Erp Derp

    October 1, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I hear yarrel

  57. Dana Shei Velasco

    October 1, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I hear yonell

  58. caty cat27

    October 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I hear both

  59. Lowena Lo

    October 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Wth when I heard for the first time ,I heard Yanny. When I heard for the second time, I heard Laurel. Huh???

  60. Catherine Madison

    October 1, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Wait what? All i heard was white and gold

  61. OG Gaming 2

    October 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I can selectively choose which one I hear. That’s freaky

  62. Catherine Madison

    October 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Man: I love you laurel

    Joke: AM I A YANNY TO YOU??!?!?!?

  63. -Angel playz-

    October 1, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    I kinda hear both of them?…

  64. H Ë N A

    October 1, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    I hear laurel

  65. Bardo Infected

    October 1, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    At 0:42 thought he was saying sandwich

  66. Bardo Infected

    October 1, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I sometimes hear laurel and then can't get back to yanny and either way

  67. Freddy Teddy

    October 1, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I hear something like Yawy

  68. מאיה נידם

    October 1, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    אני שומעת יאני
    I hear YANNY

  69. Moboy and Friendzz

    October 1, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I heard yanny, was able to switch to laurel once then heard yanny ever since

  70. ItzNetro

    October 1, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    WTF I heard laurel last year then now I hear yanny

  71. Obungda A

    October 1, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I heard laurel at first when I wasn’t even thinking about it and when I did think about it I heard yanny

  72. 3 0

    October 1, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    i hear yanny and laurel

  73. No

    October 1, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    ITS LAUREL HSJSISJWNWHSIDBBDKXKSIWKSN

  74. Caden Bonnar

    October 1, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Do you hear Yanny or yanny

  75. Jonathan Rossi

    October 1, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Me: Hey what is your name?

    Laurel: Yanny

    Me: Ok Yanny

    Laurel: i said laure-

    Me: ok yanny

  76. Diy Mini Things

    October 1, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Yanny yanny laurny laurel

  77. Unicorn Gaming

    October 1, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Laurel

  78. Hannah Mendez

    October 2, 2019 at 12:02 am

    It's neither it's "Help me"

    It's going to be my birthday on 10/28/06 can I at least get likes on my comment?😭😔

  79. Beanie boo Sisters

    October 2, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Yanny

  80. Tristan Ngy

    October 2, 2019 at 12:22 am

    I herd yanny

  81. Chris & Shelly Hutchinson

    October 2, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I hear yanny every time

  82. ROHO RILEY BOIS

    October 2, 2019 at 12:55 am

    I just trained my ears for laurel

  83. Mia DeJaeger

    October 2, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Laurel but when I try to hear Laurel its Yanny,…… am I OK?

  84. M Abraham

    October 2, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Narrator: Do you hear yanny?
    (Sound plays)
    Ears:it’s definitely laurel

    OR,

    Narrator: Do you hear laurel?
    (Same sound plays)
    Ears: nope it’s yanny

  85. kepi games

    October 2, 2019 at 2:37 am

    I hear laurel

  86. MightTPGator

    October 2, 2019 at 2:47 am

    yo I don’t know about y’all but I hear yarry

  87. Pravin Satale

    October 2, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Laurel

  88. Matthew Peters

    October 2, 2019 at 4:17 am

    I hear Td barret

  89. AstralPlaysRB - Roblox And More

    October 2, 2019 at 4:25 am

    WTF ITS KEEP SWITCHING FOR ME
    When I hear yanny with another voice I will hear yanny

  90. Annoying Individual

    October 2, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Random danganronpa character: yanny did it!!!!
    Monokuma:Well looks like I’m gonna execute laurel

  91. Rishit Singh

    October 2, 2019 at 6:07 am

    But I heard yanny and laurel different time

  92. FoxMaid CH

    October 2, 2019 at 7:05 am

    No i hear

    Yare Yare Daze

  93. Aryan Raut

    October 2, 2019 at 9:06 am

    What I heard:
    ”Do you hear Yanny?”
    ”Laurel, Laurel.”
    ”Or do you hear Laurel?”
    ”Yanny, Yanny.”

  94. DIN BIN

    October 2, 2019 at 9:45 am

    YAMMYYYAAYAJAKAKAOAOAIA

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