There's a new gold/white v. black/blue dress debate on social media and this time it comes in the form of an audio recording.
A viral audio clip has people divided on whether they hear "laurel" or "yanny." Although scientific analysis proved which word is correct, many are ready to square up based on what they think they hear.
Brad Story a professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences at the University of Arizona, made two spectrograms of the voice recording. In the first waveform, which is of the actual recording, there are primary acoustic features of the “l” and “r” sounds. Thus, Story believes the word is actually "laurel."
Britt Yazel, a researcher at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, agreed with Story's findings after looking at the waveforms.
"I honestly think after looking at the spectrograms and playing with some filters that this is just the word 'Laurel' with some high frequency artifacts overlaying it," he told PopSci.
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