A Lot Of Folks Can Hear Noise Coming From This Silent Gif

What a head scratcher.

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The internet has once again come across another bizarre thing to focus on while the world burns everyone them, and it comes in the form of a gif.

Lisa DeBruine, from the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow, recently tweeted a gif of some pylons “jumping rope,” and then posed this question:

“Does anyone in visual perception know why you can hear this gif?”

The gif was originally made by HappyToast, and many people are saying they actually hear noise coming from this silent gif.  But what is the reason behind this? Some folks on Twitter, including DeBruine herself, chimed in with some possible explanations:

Alphr reached out to Trevor Cox, professor of acoustic engineering, and he had this to say:

“There are well known cases (synesthesia) of sensory inputs crossing to other domains, e.g. people who associate colors with sounds. So it doesn’t surprise me that for some viewers a sound results. We also tend to think of our senses as being separate, but our brain collates responses from all senses to work out what is going on. So I would say it is likely to be some effect in the brain rather than a physical effect like the acoustic reflex.”

I don’t know what any of that means, I just know I hear something. So, do you hear this gif?

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