Yanny vs. Laurel- an explanation of auditory illusions

  An auditory illusion has recently gone viral - the recording can be heard either as "yanny" or "laurel". A number of people have explained the acoustics behind it - but what does this mean for how we actually hear? (Author's note: to make this more accessible for laypeople, I have oversimplified; for those of … Continue reading Yanny vs. Laurel- an explanation of auditory illusions

Accidental mimicry: The effect of phonetic convergence

In conversation, people often adjust the way they speak based on the people to whom they are talking. We can see this phenomenon most clearly when people talk to babies or animals and inadvertently switch over to a more high-pitched, sing- song tone of voice. This is an example of an adjustment made to improve … Continue reading Accidental mimicry: The effect of phonetic convergence