The war can end as the mystery of the blue or white dress has been solved by science. The way each person sees the color of the dress is related to how our brain perceives light.
Blue or White? What is the color of the dress? These were the questions that have intoxicated the internet a few months ago, when people were asked what colour they saw a specific dress. The photo created such a hysteria that an actual online war began at the time.
Still, ever since, no one has made it clear, what colour is the dress, who was right and who was wrong? Is it blue or white?
Scientists have decided to start an investigation on the case to set this straight once and for all. What may be at fault for so many people seeing the dress in a different colours, could be related to the way the brain filters light.
Researchers conducted a study on over 1,400 persons, out of which, 300 didn’t know about the dress. The results showed that people divided into three sides: the ones who saw the dress blue and black, white and gold and blue and brown.
The experiment showed that 57% of the individuals saw the dress and being blue and black, 30% white and gold while 11% saw it blue and brown and 2% saw a different variety of colours. The way participants perceived the light was connected to what kind of light their brain was awaiting to experience, artificial or natural light.
The ones who saw the dress as being white with gold may be more connected to the natural daylight while the ones who saw blue and black can relate more with indoor lighting, explained researchers.
It appears that our brain is set on determining the color of an object by assuming the type of light around it. If the brain assumes it is bluish lighting (daylight) it automatically thinks that the object is white.
On the other hand, if the brain assumes that the object is in a yellowish light(artificial light), it thinks that the dress is blue, therefore the eyes see it that way.
One of Newtons theories states that colour is not a property of an object and colour comes out the moment when the object is illuminated, leading to light being reflected into the eyes of the person looking at it. The eyes analyse the light striking the object and it designates a color for the object.
The age could be a factor that makes a difference if taking into consideration that younger individuals tend to stay up at night and are more keen to artificial light. People who are more active and tend to spend more time outdoors are more likely to see the dress white and gold.
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