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Yanny or Laurel?

Two McGovern neuroscientists settle the score on an auditory illusion that's breaking the internet.

“Yanny” or “Laurel?” Discussion around this auditory version of “The Dress” has divided the internet this week.

In this video, brain and cognitive science PhD students Dana Boebinger and Kevin Sitek, both members of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, unpack the science — and settle the debate. The upshot? Our brain is faced with a myriad of sensory cues that it must process and make sense of simultaneously. Hearing is no exception, and two brains can sometimes ‘translate’ soundwaves in very different ways.

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