askST: Unpacking mystery of aural illusion

Experts weigh in on viral 'laurel-yanny' audio clip which has divided Net users

Experts have shed light on the mystery of the "laurel-yanny" recording, a four-second audio clip posted on Twitter on Tuesday, which has divided Internet users.

Twitter user Cloe Feldman posted the aural entry for the word "laurel" from the website vocabulary.com, asking listeners whether they hear the word "laurel" or "yanny".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Unpacking mystery of aural illusion'. Print Edition | Subscribe