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THAT Dress: Colour constancy, not magic

Team black and blue, or Team white and gold?

Which side were you on as the battle heated up for the dress that almost broke the internet?

The truth is the dress is actually blue and black. However, your brain can trick you into seeing it in white and gold.

According to Asapscience, this is called colour constancy, and it’s all about arbitrary context. “[in the photo] we’re so close up to the dress we don’t really know it’s surroundings and the brain has to make assumptions.”

They say that if someone’s brain thinks that the dress is in a room lit by blue light from the sun, the dress will appear white and gold. However, if your brain imagines the dress in a room lit by artificial yellow light, it is interpreted as blue and black.

So the answer is, in the picture you are looking at, the dress is the colours you are seeing. It really does come down to your individual perception, how and where you view the image.

I have seen the image in both colour variations, but the dress certainly had the team divided here at the Newsbeat office.

Hugh Jannings
Hugh Jannings is an aspiring broadcaster and journalist with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He achieved his goals at the New Zealand Radio Training School.
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