It’s literally making me insane. All yesterday our entire station fought over The Dress.
Haven’t seen it yet? This dress by Roman Originals was posted on Twitter yesterday, asking “Is this thing gold and white or blue and black? It’s driving us nuts!” So now that you’ve seen it, that is the question: are you team “Blue & Black” or “White & Gold?” The visual science behind The Dress is stirring up some interesting debate. How can two people look at the same thing and see two different colors entirely?
Here comes the Science:
According to Wired Magazine: “What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” says Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College. “So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.” (Conway sees blue and orange, somehow.)
If you need the definitive source to stop all the arguments, here’s the original ad from the dress maker:
Debate settled, carry on.