Featured video: The neuroscience behind "Yanny" vs. "Laurel"

May 17, 2018

Featured video: The neuroscience behind "Yanny" vs. "Laurel"


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MIT neuroscientists explain why some people hear "Yanny" and others hear "Laurel" in the audio clip that has taken the world by storm.


"Yanny" or "Laurel?" Discussion around this auditory version of "The Dress" has divided the internet this week.

In this video, brain and cognitive science PhD students Dana Boebinger and Kevin Sitek, both members of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, unpack the science — and settle the debate. The upshot? Our brain is faced with a myriad of sensory cues that it must process and make sense of simultaneously. Hearing is no exception, and two brains can sometimes ‘translate’ soundwaves in very different ways.

Submitted by: McGovern Institute | Video by: Julie Pryor | 2 min, 37 sec