It's Neither Yanny Nor Laurel - It's Covfefe!

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2018

"All I hear is Yanny", Sanders replied.

The audio became viral after being shared on Reddit on Sunday by a user named Roland Camry.

One of the first things to understand is a concept called priming. The confusing audio clip is playing around with frequency and the words the listener hears will depend on the range of frequency that the person picks up from the clip.

Roland Szabo, 18, said he recorded the seemingly innocuous audio from a vocabulary website while doing a project for his school in the USA state of Georgia.

"I hear covfefe", Trump said in a video posted to Twitter Thursday night, seemingly poking fun of himself after he tweeted "covfefe" one year ago. Vice-President Mike Pence too weighs in on the heated Internet debate.

'Yanny's the victor, Laurel's the loser, ' she confidently declares.

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Humans typically pay attention to three different frequencies when they're listening to speech. "If you're not picking up on those higher frequencies then it sounds more like Laurel".

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets told that there are reports that say she hears Laurel.

So, what do you hear?

"There really isn't a true reality, there is only our perceptual reality", Crum said. For those who thought "the dress" debate or the "Yanny-Laurel" debates were the end, now there's the "brain storm-green needle" conundrum.

"But in this case we have an isolated sound with no context", forcing people to rely on a variety of other factors such as voices they've listened to recently.

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