Yanny or Laurel? Soundbite still has internet divided

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Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?

President Trump, along with other members of his administration, jumped in on the "Yanny vs. Laurel" debate on Thursday. I heard a very tinny computerized voice saying, "yanny". "All I hear is Yanny", responded Sarah Sanders.

Do you hear "Yanny" or "Laurel"? that is the question now raging on social media and Danny Aronson, CEO of EVEN, the company creating headphones known as "glasses for your ears" has explained the technical reasons for the phenomenon.

The talks were sparked after 20-year-old Instagram influencer and self-described YouTuber named Chloe Fledman from Florida shared an audio clip on social media asking what they heard.

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Now, a new audio clip has surfaced that appears to have a similar ability to trick different people's brains into hearing different things. It's no surprise that it went viral, because anyone you play the clip to tends to hears one word or the other, and usually finds it inconceivable that anyone else could hear it differently.

"Laurel" debate that's baffled the internet this week is dead.

She added that our brains want to "categorize" the elements of speech when they are ambiguous, as in this case passing them either into the "Laurel" box or "Yanny" box. Those who hear primarily in the lower frequency hear "laurel".

"There really isn't a true reality, there is only our perceptual reality", Crum said. But what's going on for different people to hear it so differently?

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