The McGurk Effect

Submitted by: ICN 10 years ago in Science
http://www.media.uio.no/personer/arntm/McGurk_english.html

You will hear something different if you close your eyes than if you look at the guy.
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Male 12
Worked just like described for me. Kinda funny actually. Was going from confused to laughing like crazy a min ago....just like looking and looking away while playing, and every time my eyes saw the clip i instantly heard DA instead of BA. And i really focused on the clip a few times, trying to hear BA....but it just didnt work. Heard DA every time i looked at it. If it helps i`m having some good headphones on right now...so i heard it very clearly.
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Male 68
damnit all the good jokes are taken!!!
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Female 2,084
interesting..
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Male 1,079
Listen to it while looking at the Line:


264, 746-748 (1976).
(In the Descriptions)

10 times, and you`ll get headaches =)

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Female 1,158
i don`t understand this.
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Male 1,079
lmao!!
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Male 382
I hear "ba" when my eyes are closed.
"ga" when I look.
and "da" after I read the text.

Audio/visual trickery - how much we "hear" with our eyes.

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Male 37
was i the only one waiting for him to follow up with black sheep have you any wool?
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Female 454
I really wanted to stick something large and fluffy in his mouth


)-|

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Male 204
they couldnt put a hot chick instead of that creepy guy (who needs to shave btw)
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Female 600
I heard "ba ba" both times. Very cool though.
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Male 158
i dont get it. all i hear is ba with my eyes open to the guy or close :/
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Male 598
if u can hear it the same both ways ur mentally handicapped, cause that means ur brain ist interpreting visual cues correctly
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Male 34
"I heard "seven days"."
Sorry Mate, I would live out my life dreams, except the one that involves a fishing in an abandoned lake, the next week if I where you.
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Male 598
play backwards
it say "YOU KILLED KENNY, YOU BASTARDS!"
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Male 18
This is awesome!
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Male 179
I understand this completely. It`s amazing to me. I don`t know why...probably because I`m envious and want an "effect" named after me...
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Male 300
GABADABAGABADABADAGABADABADABAGAGAGABABABADADA
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Male 1,496
THAT`S F.U.B.A.R.`D!
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Female 1,492
that was kinda cool...although i didn`t hear any Da only the Ba and the Ga
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Male 994
I see him say DA
I hear him say BA
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Male 1,406
I can sometimes hear it saying ga, ba, va, or da. Usually I can get it by telling myself want to listen for.
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Male 1,141
wow really weird
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Female 306
that was crazy!
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Male 23
meh quicktime
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Male 380
Wall hack.
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Male 438
"ga ga, ga ga" Oh score I have good visual recognition.

I actually only heard, ga ga while looking at the video, score.

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Female 92
Looking at him say it I heard. "da" looking away from him I heard "ba" Kind of cool.
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Male 55
weird... i hear DA when my eyes are open, but when i close my eyes i hear BA... :-?
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Male 2,720
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Female 727
with the whole prerecording lipreading thing
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Female 727
hmm it seems to me that all he did was keep his tongue to the roof of his mouth. interesting though
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Female 44
If you look at the clip without sound, it looks as if he is saying ga ga. So ga ga + ba ba = da da??
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Male 12
I here baba whether my eyes are opened or closed
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Male 556
...i dont get it...
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Male 385
However, I find that as I continue to listen to it, while watching, I now am hearing `Ga ga. Ga ga. Da Da.` Straaaange! The harder I listen for Ba, the more I hear Da.
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Male 385
I heard Ba with my eyes closed, and Ga with my eyes open. Without a tongue tip visible, there are no visual clues that make me think `D.`
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Male 73
weird im going to start listening to people with my eyes closed i might hear more clearly
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Female 77
Odd. Eyes open I was hearing "ga ga" and eyes closed I was hearing "ba ba"
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Male 3,255
OH poo HES A WIZARD!
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Male 813
Could that background be any more ugly?
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Male 144
wow I could kind of hear it was the same but sort of not at the same time. I heard BABA and GAGA.
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Male 95
lol it didnt work.. i heard ba every time.. how dumb do you have to be for it to work? i dont think im stupid enough
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Female 12
I closed my eyes and heard Ba,and when i was watching, I heard Da. `Tis smething I don`t understand.
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Male 1,237
i just heard `ba ba`....

dissapointed

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Male 513
I heard Ba on both accounts, despite his Ga lip movements.
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Female 1,172
weird..if you close and open your eyes in between them you can definately tell
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Male 1,072
couldn he say Hello and good bye not Gaga baba what ever!

They sound so smiliar thats its hard to even tell the difference

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Male 54
wow weird...i got ga ga ba ba da da
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Female 367
I like how only 2% of adults are supposed to hear it "ba ba" both ways and like 90% of the people posting say they hear it that way...Hmmmm. Then again most of you aren`t adults....

Anyway, I heard ba,ba and da,da but it took a few times to even hear that! The sound is crappy.

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Male 1,114
Looking i hear "va va" when not looking i hear "ba ba"!!!


Trippy...

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Female 1,025
i heard baba looking at him and looking away.

SOMETIMES.

generalphyl---XD HAHAHAHAHA

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Female 74
I didn`t hear Da...I heard Ga when I looked and Ba when I looked away or closed my eyes, but no Da....
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Male 625
lmfao @ generalphyl
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Female 1,398
I`m not joking, I seriously heard it right both ways. I`ve been reading the comments and some people say the same thing and then others say they`re lying.
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Female 1,398
I heard it `ba ba, ba ba` both ways, I even tried staring at the background, away from the guy`s face and I still heard `ba ba`. So I guess I`m smarter than nrg70...
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Male 113
I heard ba everytime...
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Male 210
It doesn`t work for me, I just keep hearing "THA THA".
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Female 327
Whoa! That is a totally cool link! Thanks for posting it!
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Male 341
Am I the only one hearing "thaw"?
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Female 76
WOAH
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Male 5,970
very cool
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Male 286
this wasnt as good as i was hoping for
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Female 229
Whoa... That is messed up. Wicked cool!!
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Male 252
Haha, some people really get off on being able to say `Ooh, it didn`t work on me! I`m so cool and indeevidyouell!!`
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Male 4,012
audio illusion? As opposed to optical ones?

Wow.

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Female 352
reminds me of mad gab

nose hen solve bride=no sense of pride

doesn`t work with all accents

if you just hear it it`s easy
but it you see what it says and then hear it it`s hard

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Female 673
"Cool, Us humans aren`t as smart as we think we are."

Actually, it means we ARE smart as our brain is taking all the cues and interpreting the sound for us.

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Male 10,440
w/e not interesting enough for me.
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Female 525
trippyy
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Male 171
quicktime didnt seem to want to work, i had to look it up on youtube
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Male 65
Stupid. I heard ba ba, ba ba everytime. I guess I`m not fooled very easily.
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Female 2,695
er.. i couldn`t understand a damn thing he said; eyes open or closed.
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Male 703
i head ba ba
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Male 109
I heard "Stop listening to some weird guy going Baa baaa"
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Male 737
I kept hearing, "I need to get a f*cking haircut and shave."
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Male 1,162
That`s not a trick if you reveal the answer immediately! Of course it won`t work on most people if you tell them what they`re about to experience and why. That was a huge mistake on his part, he shouldnt have revealed the answer but it was obvious right away that the video and audio didnt match so of course you would want to assume/hear something different while watching.
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Female 351
that`s really weird.
and cool.
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Male 102
When I closed my eyes I heard him say "kill the cat". Very weird.
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Male 1,024
who talks like that?
dumb.
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Male 325
i hear ba ba both times
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Male 1,072
>.< yes the internet was reading your mind
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Male 33
what is really fun, is to close and open eyes while he is saying it, i dont know if it will work for you guys but it worked for me and it was like the internet could read my mind
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Female 79
I heard gaga both times, with eyes open and with them shut :S
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Female 59
I heard it the same both ways. Not very good.
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Female 90
haha that was weird. and interesting.
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Male 1,072
Think when your eyes are closed you are not using that sense so you focus on the sound more thus hearing the statement correctly
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Female 1,065
weeirrrd... Somehow the internet can tell when my eyes are closed.
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Female 198
Eyes Open: Ga ga, Ga ga, Ga ga.

Eyes Closed: Ba ba, Ba Ba, Ba ba.

O_o

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Male 2,486
Didn`t work for me.
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Female 1,984
^ I realized that after I posted it. It`s while looking you imagine it`s a "da" sound because of the "ga" movements. Not with me.

So, correction: With my eyes open I still heard "ba".

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Female 679
And bekll with your eyes closed... you are supposed to hear ba.. -_-
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Female 679
Lmaoo.. thats mint
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Female 1,984
This was stupid. First of all, he WAS mouthing the "ga" sound but was doing a "ba" voice over. So watching it with no sound you imagine "ga". Listening you realize he`s doing a "ba" voice-over. (Big whoop.) And I must be of the 2% because with my eyes closed, every time, I still heard "ba".
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Male 842
HOLY FRICK!!!!!
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Male 102
Freakin weird
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Female 986
... I kept hearing a distorted "the"
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Female 338
That made my browser crash. o.O

And I heard the same thing(ba ba) with my eyes open as my eyes closed.

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Male 133
If you play it backwards, it says "Paul is dead".
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Male 233
hmm weird, even weirder when i close and open my eyes inbetween his noises
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Male 623
Cray Z
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Male 280
nrg70, what`s stupid about being able to simultaneously process multiple forms of sensory input in order to decode messages?
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Male 62
woah, trippy
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Male 73
it pooted.
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Male 290
yeah it doesn`t work on me either...
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Female 12
"Am I crazy for seeing and hearing it right?"

No, you may be the only normal one. haha

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Male 189
I heard "seven days".
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Male 699
Am I crazy for seeing and hearing it right?
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Female 350
I never heard Da.. Just Ga when I am looking and Ba when I am not. Cool though.
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Male 152
i hear something like ba da ba da
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Female 12
I heard it saying "Blah Da, Da Blah" I guess Im extra stupid or something.
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Male 342
lmao i heard haha... haha... haha.... i wonder what that means.
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Male 194
whoa that`s really cool...
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Male 223
weeeiiird
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Female 28
Do I get extra points for hearing it correctly both with and without my eyes closed?
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Female 182
Well, I don`t have QuickTime so....
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Male 52
FIIIIRRSSSS- Oh. Nevermind.
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Male 121
Cool, Us humans aren`t as smart as we think we are.
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Male 336
Link: The McGurk Effect [Rate Link] - You will hear something different if you close your eyes than if you look at the guy.
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