Move over 'yanny-laurel' debate, the 'brain storm-green needle' is here

The toy making the noise

The toy making the noise

Some people hear "Yanny", while others hear "Laurel". It all started when YouTuber Cloe Couture tweeted out a video clip asking "What do you hear?!".

Regarding the "Yanny" vs. "Laurel" debate, CBS News reported Twitter data shows 47 percent of people hear "Yanny", and 53 percent hear "Laurel". One side hears "Yanny"; the other insists it's "Laurel".

Bizarrely, you can hear a combination of four phrases: Brain storm, green needle, brain needle or green storm. I don't hear yanny at all.

As people took to social media to let the world know what they heard - and argue with those who hear differently - scientists were trying to figure out why this debate even exists.

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Early Thursday morning, the Air Force tweeted, "The Taliban Forces in #Farah city #Afghanistan would much rather have heard #Yanny or #Laurel than the deafening #BRRRT they got courtesy of our #A10". On Tuesday evening, Feldman said in a video that she was fielding multiple interview requests and searching for the original creator.

For Kraus, the Northwestern professor who runs a laboratory on the biology of how humans process sound, it matters little how people interpret this single word in a poor-quality, idiosyncratic recording. "So you would see probably a younger population with normal hearing for the most part", Tucker said.

He says: "Probably quite accidentally, this lo-fi synthesised voice contains sounds consistent with several different phonemes, like for example, "ya" and "lo", each occupying slightly different frequency bands".

The word that you hear depends on how sensitive your brain is to higher and lower frequencies.

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She provides another example.

Then, she played them the audio clip and polled them again.

Finally, go back to the first clip.

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