Dress Causes Debate Explosion on Social Networking

Question: What is white  and gold and has caused controversy all over ? Answer: A dress that is actually blue and black . Or is it?

But what is to debate about? It seems to be just an ordinary black and blue dress. Or is it? To some people’s surprise, there are people who don’t see the dress as black and blue, they see gold and white (and yes, it is black and blue, according to www.nytimes.com).

A photograph of the woman’s dress on Tumblir inspired an internet discussion with some people seeing white and gold and others blue and black.

Cecilia Bleasdale from Scotland purchased the dress for her daughter Grace’s  wedding, according to mirror.co.uk.  Her other daughter, Caitlin, looking at  a picture of the dress saw it as white and gold. A friendly argument ensued and Caitlin posted the picture of the dress on Tumblir to see if others might have the same disagreement.

However, these people don’t have anything wrong with their eyes; the color people see depends completely on the lighting in the room.

Humans’ eyes are designed to be able to sense certain colors in a variety of lighting conditions. Although the photographs provided on social medias and other websites don’t really show what the lighting conditions are, different people interpret different hues in the dress: either white and gold or blue and black, according to www.nytimes.com.

“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,” neuroscientist Bevil Conway told www.wired.com. “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.”

Some people see a white and gold dress in a dark shaded room.

Some people see a blue and black dress in a brightened tone in a lighter room.

Some people see one shade and then switch to the other, according to www.nytimes.com.

“Our visual system is supposed to throw away information about the illuminant and extract information about the actual reflectance,” explains Jay Neitz, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington, according to www.wired.com. “But I’ve studied individual differences in color vision for 30 years, and this is one of the biggest individual differences I’ve ever seen.”

What colors do you see? Black and blue or gold and white?