People Can Hear Two Different Things When Watching This Viral Video
A weird clip is messing with people's minds as what you hear seems to change with each listen depending on what you read. Check it out:
The clip has popped up on TikTok and has since spread across Twitter where social media users are baffled by the auditory trick in which the noise either seems to say 'green needle' or 'brainstorm' depending on which you read or even think about.
Responding to the clip one person wrote: "I was so arrogant thinking, 'nah I will definitely be able to beat this'... nope and am suitably weirded out."
Another asked: "It's got me questioning how I interpret almost anything that people say to me, do I just hear what I want to hear?"
While a third said: "I can hear whichever one I'm expecting to hear, even if I'm looking at the other one."
Others even said they could make it sound like 'brain needle' or 'green storm' if they thought that when they listened. Bizarre, eh?
As you can imagine, the clip has drawn plenty of comparisons to the whole 'yanny or laurel' thing from a couple of years back, in which people were divided over whether they could hear the word 'yanny' or 'laurel' (it was most definitely 'laurel', by the way).
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However, there is actually a correct answer here - the thing making the noise is a Ben 10 toy called Brainstorm, so it is saying 'brainstorm' despite the fact than you can probably hear it quite clearly saying 'green needle' some of the time.
And if you want to know why that is, the answer is quite simple. It's witchcraft. No, I'm only messing.
According to Professor Valerie Hazan a speech, hearing and phonetic sciences expert from University College London it's all to do with our perceptions.
Speaking to Huffpost in 2018, Professor Hazan said: "The reason that a person can see their perception switch without explanation may also mean that our ears and brain have latched on to the other acoustic pattern than the one they were previously latching on to."
So, when you read or, think of, 'green needle' your brain hears that acoustic pattern even though that isn't actually the sound the toy is making. I'm still not convinced it isn't witchcraft, to be honest.
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