If You’re Over ‘Laurel vs. Yanny,’ Try ‘Green Needle vs. Brainstorm’

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Earlier this week, the Internet was totally rocked by what is now known as “The Laurel vs. Yanny debate.” If you somehow missed it, people all over the world argued with their friends and family over whether the following recording says the word “Laurel,” or “Yanny,” and let’s just say we still haven’t quite recovered.

Since the frustrating audio clip hit the web, we’ve been desperate for an explanation, and thanks to cognitive neuroscience professor Lars Riecke, we got one! Lars explained that the “acoustic information that makes us hear Yanny is higher frequency than the acoustic information that makes us hear Laurel. Some of the variation may be due to the audio system playing the sound, but some of it is also the mechanics of your ears, and what you’re expecting to hear.” Interesting!

While that’s all good and well, though, we’ve come across a whole other recording that simply cannot be explained. Enter: “Green Needle vs. Brainstorm.” This one is mostly confusing AF because you can quite literally choose whether you hear the words “Green Needle” or “Brainstorm” seconds before the word is actually said. Seriously, it’s like we’re psychic or something!

Alright, cognitive neuroscientists… explain THIS!