What Do You Hear? Yanny Or Laurel?

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Date: May 18th, 2018

Category: Nutty News

hearRemember this little gold and white dress?  Or was it blue and black?  Well, as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, someone’s at it again, this time messing with our hearing.

A four-second audio clip has got everybody talking and everybody picking sides.  What do you hear?  Yanny?  Or Laurel?

“Our brain loves to categorize things,” says Kevin Franck, PhD, Director of Audiology at Mass. Eye and Ear.  “It wants to make meaning out of mess,” he adds.

Dr. Franck says the way we hear speech has a lot to do with our childhood.

“When we’re babies, we learn language and they’re boundaries in that language that are kind of arbitrary,” he explains. “The difference between one vowel and another and one word from another are only meaningful when it’s different for that child.”  More

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