Why some people can hear this silent gif

At the end of the Twitter post from @Lisa debruine

You can hear this gif?

Remember, the colors white and gold dress, some internet users were sure it was actually blue and black? Well, this time the dilemma is discussed online is whether you can hear anything in a silent animation skip pylons.

Some people claim they can hear a droning sound when the pylon is vibrating on the ground and the image.


The gif was found in the year 2008 by @IamHappyToast as part of a photoshop challenge on the boards b3ta.com and was the online, like on Reddit r/noisygifs subreddit in 2013.

Many social media users have about the according to the gif phenomenon, such as on Imgur in 2011, for example, where it was, with the title “optical illusion for the ears”.

It surfaced again last weekend, as Dr. Lisa DeBruine of the Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology at the University of Glasgow posted it asked on Twitter to describe their followers, whether you are a auditory sensations, while you are there.

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Dr. DeBruine then get to demand 245,000 responses from people, to hear a sound that accompanies the animation, with 70 per cent of the respondents say that they could hear, like a droning sound.

At the end of the Twitter post of @toolan

A person who suffers from it, ringing answered the ears: “I hear the sound of a vibrating roar, and it cuts my tinnitus during the camera shake.” Other explanations offered as to why.

To do while others have suggested it’s something with correlated neural activity: “The brain is saying ‘anticipation/predict” what’s coming visually, and then fires a version of what you can expect on the corresponding senses. Also explains why some of the “feel”, a physical vibration like.”

“My gut feeling says that the camera shake is responsible for the entire effect. Nothing shook the camera so, would the ‘Bang’ sound,” posted another Twitter user.

This is also the explanation which appeals to the gif-creator.

At the end of the Twitter post of @IamHappyToast

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Dr. DeBruine told the BBC: “I know why some people hear it very clearly, others only feel it and others see nothing. Some of the deaf and hard of hearing persons have reported that all three perceptions, than people with aphantasia,” a lack of images.

“I thought, to explain some of the vision of the scientists, I would be able to follow you immediately, but as it seems, there are several plausible explanations, and no clear consensus.”

The Twitter thread caught the attention of Chris Fassnidge, a doctoral student in psychology at London City University. He has the conduct of the research in this very area.

He suggested a possible theory, call his laboratory the “visual ear.”


“I suspect the phenomenon is, according to the gif closely related with what we call the Visual-Evoked auditory response, or a vEAR for short,” said Fassnidge.

“This hear is the ability of some people to moving objects, even if you don’t make a noise, which may be a subtle form of synaesthesia is the triggering of one sense to another.

“We are constantly surrounded by movement, to make a noise, if you have tracks, like people walking, lip movements while talking, Bouncing a ball, on the Playground, or the crash as we drop a glass. There is some evidence that synaesthetic pairings, the learned to a certain extent during childhood.

“I might suspect, I hear the footsteps of a person walking on the other side of the street, when really, the sound only exists in my head.

“So this may be a common phenomenon, because the sound makes sense, but for this exact reason, we can’t know, we have this unusual ability, until the loud gif came suddenly in the last few years.

“What determines the experiences of that vEAR, and how intensive is probably individual differences in how our brain is wired.”

By Rozina Sini, BBC, UGC, and Social-News-Team