Laurel vs. Yanny

If you haven't yet had the opportunity, listen to the audio clip below.  Do you hear "Laurel" or do you hear "Yanny?" The world is pretty much split.  Half of the people listen to this clip and hear "laurel, laurel, laurel..." and have of the people hear "yanny, yanny, yanny." Yes, no matter which one you heard, there are MILLIONS of people who heard the other thing.  I understand that Laurel and Yanny sound nothing alike, but I assure you it's true... Just ask around.

The REAL Story…

According to WIRED Magazine:

On May 11, Katie Hetzel, a freshman at Flowery Branch High School in Georgia, was studying for her world literature class, where "laurel" was one of her vocabulary words. She looked it up on and played the audio. Instead of the word in front of her, she heard "yanny."

"I asked my friends in my class and we all heard mixed things," says Hetzel. She then posted the audio clip to her Instagram story. Soon, a senior at the same school, Fernando Castro, republished the clip to his Instagram story as a poll. "She recorded it and put it on her story then I remade the video and posted it," Castro says. "Katie and I have been going back and forth and we both agree that we had equal credit on it."

Why Do We Care?

The science is still out on why EXACTLY different people hear different things in the same room.  But what's most intriguing is how quickly this phenomenon swept the attention of the entire world. All at once, we are face to face with the realization that we have different perceptions.  We can all look at the same thing (situation) and perceive different things about it. This is the genesis of a majority of interpersonal disagreements. 

If you would like to learn more about differences in perception, and how it can affect human relationships, please feel free to reach out to us.