Audio clip spurs social media debate over yanny or laurel

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Our ears learn at a young age to pick up clues about the vowels people are spitting out by focusing on frequencies at which certain sounds tend to resonate. Teens behind the biggest debate since the dress settle it once and for allIf you hear at a higher pitch, they say you'll hear Yanni.

Four days ago, a Reddit user named Rolandye politely asked, "What do you guys hear?".

Everything from the speakers or headphones you're using, to your computer's soundcard can affect which frequencies get through. The results? That it's laurel, not yanny, with Dugan adding that "it's pretty obvious". Now an audio file has friends, family members and office mates questioning one another's hearing, and their own.

The NBC star echoed the sentiment, saying, "Some say its yanny, some say it's laurel and everyone says they're just happy to talk about something other than Trump". Furthermore, as a researcher interviewed by the New York Times pointed out, the brain can automatically tune out higher or lower frequencies if it knows what it's looking for.

It comes down to a simple question: "Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?". Much of what you hear, she says, is about what you're expecting to hear. "You learn this map while learning to speak as a toddler, and also while hearing others speak on a day-to-day basis".

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She provides another example.

And the device you are listening to might play a role, although Valerie Hazan, professor of speech, hearing and phonetic sciences at UCL, believes that's only partly true.

Next, listen to this clip, which is no longer noisy. Now that the brain is primed to cut through the noise, you will probably be able to hear: "The juice of lemons makes fine punch".

Ellen recalled the dress debate as well, but said she sees a gold and white dress.

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