Recently, the internet was swarmed with the question: Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? An audio recording with these two phrases in it recently went viral, and became an internet sensation. It divided the nation, but was later confirmed to be saying "Laurel" after analysis by audio experts. However, I wanted to look into it a little further. After reading Chapter 10 in our textbook, I read about the McGurk Effect, and how you can visually see and hear two different things with speech, as demonstrated with "fa, ga, ba" etc lip reading experiments. We experience the information that we obtain from speech perception without even realizing it, which is why we hear different things than others and it's why the McGurk Effect exists. After experiencing the recent internet sensation, I wanted to see if the McGurk Effect could be applied to the Yanny or Laurel debate. It turns out that it does. Below is a video that has the McGurk Effect with the Yanny/Laurel audio. Even though it was confirmed to be Laurel, I still hear Yanny. What do you hear?
Bryner, Jeanna. “'Yanny' or 'Laurel'? Why Your Brain Hears One or the Other in This Maddening Illusion.” LiveScience, Purch, 16 May 2018, www.livescience.com/62583-yanny-laurel-auditory-illusion-explained.html.
Yanny Laurel Original vs. The McGurk Effect | Does Vision Impact What You Hear?
The psychology of Perception involves the interaction of our senses and our conscious mind. Perception is involved in every aspect of our lives as we make decisions and judgments based on what we experience. If you study diligently you will leave this course with a broad understanding of sensation and perception. From this general understanding you will be able to further investigate areas of interest by means of literature review and research on specific topics.