Obligatory polarizing meme: Yanny/Laurel

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by DaveC426913, May 17, 2018.

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Play the audio. Which do you hear?

  1. 'Yanny'

  2. 'Laurel'

  3. I can hear both!

  4. I hear something else (explain in thread)

  5. I'm too afraid to answer the poll. Just show me the results.

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  1. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Also, all of you who say you hear 'Laurel' are filthy, dirty liars.
     
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    OK, so given that the audio is not meant to be perfect, the options are really Yanny and Laurel. The 'other' option was really meant to be a catch-all to be explained in a post.
     
  8. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    i clearly hear something quite different to either option.
    appologies if it sounds a wee thread jacky...
    not intended to be.
     
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  9. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    This link, hyper from the op, clarifies: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/16/upshot/audio-clip-yanny-laurel-debate.html

    On the slider scale, with the center tick at "0", I hear "laurel" securely at that center tick. if moving from "0 laurel" to the right I start to hear "yanni" between 3 and 4 ticks, securely at 4 ticks. If starting from the very right at "5 tick yanni" I start to hear "laurel" at about 2 moving left (so 3 ticks from 5). That difference - almost two ticks on their scale - appears to be expectation bias.
     
  10. Michael 345 Bali in Nov closer Valued Senior Member

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    I heard - yee i

    No "a" in there as in yAnn e

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  11. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Fascinating. I get the same thing, but a mirror image.

    I hear Yanni at the centre, and continue to hear Yanni all the way till the second last tick to the left. Only on the very last tick do I hear Laurel.
    But then, when moving the slider back from left to centre, I hear Laurel all the way to just short of the centre tick.
     
  12. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    RS still has not said what it is s/he hears.
     
  13. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    During the transition, I can hear both words - a lower pitch voice saying "laurel", a higher pitch voice saying "yammy". At some point the two voices are approximately equal in volume and presence.
    When spotting the slider, rather than sliding it, and alternating between ticks 0 and 5R (clear laurel, clear yammy) for initial spot before compared spot, this equality point seems consistent regardless of expectation created by last heard: about 2.5 ticks to the right of 0, or almost exactly half way on their slide however they scaled it.

    Btw: hearing "yammy", not ""Yanni", throughout.
     
  14. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    I have almost the same experience, but I notice that the transition back from Laurel to Yanni is inconsistent. When I repeat the slider thing, sometimes I still get Yanni a long way to the left of centre, but sometimes Yanni doesn't kick back in until the slider is near the centre again.
     
  15. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    I got a one-location transition point, consistent from trial to trial regardless of start, by "spotting", rather than sliding, the slider - homing in from both directions in a series of back and forth skips. But my left slide transition and right slide transition were each self-consistent, although different.

    Anyone else hear "yammy" ?
     
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    And there was me thinking it was a white dress.

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    The one time I've heard this it was "laurel", but I'll give it another go (if I remember) once I'm home from work (no audio at work).
     

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