Go home, brain, you’re drunk.
That’s what it feels like when you listen to the latest viral clip, which sounds like it could be saying one of seven words.
Much like green needle/brainstorm-gate and its predecessors Laurel/Yanny, the clip has been doing the rounds on social media.
Sydney beauty brand, Tribe Skincare, shared a TikTok showing how the sound you hear changes each time they pointed to a different word.
The seven words included: ‘iPhone’, ‘Fortnight’, ‘night fall’, ‘eye for an eye’, ‘nice one’, ‘nine four’ and weirdly ‘four nine’.
The video has amassed more than 200 comments overnight with people commenting what they heard.
Many people said they also heard every single word once they read it.
While The Tribe shared seven suggestions, other TikTokkers said they heard other sounds including ‘throw a knife’.
Others said they also heard ‘nice phone’. One person commented that they heard ‘war knife’.
Many other TikTok users shared the audio, pointing to the words they heard the most.
If you’re wondering why we hear or even see different items a la gold/blue dress, then it’s because of something that psychologists call perceptually ambiguous stimulus.
After the Laurel/Yanny chat, Professor David Alais from the University of Sydney’s school of psychology explained why this happens.
He told the Guardian: ‘They can be seen (or heard) in two ways, and often the mind flips back and forth between the two interpretations. This happens because the brain can’t decide on a definitive interpretation.
‘If there is little ambiguity, the brain locks on to a single perceptual interpretation. The Yanny/Laurel sound is meant to be ambiguous because each sound has a similar timing and energy content – so in principle, it’s confusable.
‘All of this goes to highlight just how much the brain is an active interpreter of sensory input, and thus that the external world is less objective than we like to believe.’
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