Why does the dress change colour?

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This has been doing everyones head in all day, the world has been divided into team white and gold and team black and blue but why? does it depend on your mood? your intelligence? your attitude? We’ve heard all kinds of crazy theoriess this morning but here is the real reason:

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Above you can see how the dress looks in different lights,  the actual dress is blue and black and the image below will have the people who see white and gold (like me) in disbelief, yes its the SAME dress!

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Basically when we look at objects we interpret different colours by the wavelengths that reflect off the object. These waves hit our retina and then our brain converts those signals into images. The light surrounding objects would change the colour but “Our visual system is supposed to throw away information about the illuminant and extract information about the actual reflectance,” says Jay Neitz, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington.

Basically in this particular image for some people their perception overpowers the information we are receiving which is very rare. Those rays of the light in the top right hand corner make some people think of how that dress should look. For me it has a blue tinge because of the light behind it but its actually white and that is what I really see because I have bullied my brain into believing that. If your still in disbelief cut out a piece of the dress and look at it without any of the other information in that picture. When I look at the cut out piece..its blue so without that perception interfering it is blue!

I was always terrible at art and one day I was told to copy the picture I was drawing upside down, It was a horse in a field with a house in the background, when I turned both pictures the right way round the likeness was uncanny and I felt like a true artist! That was because when I knew what the picture was my perception always interfered and made me copy it differently to what I saw so its no surprise that I see the dress white and gold! I’m gonna take it as a strength that I have the ability to create what I believe haha! yay for team white and gold!!

What colour do you see?

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