What’s up with the dress?

Posted on February 15, 2017

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The internet is amazing at spreading useless stuff, but this actually ties in with this unit in AP Psychology. What’s up with the dress that people see as white and gold or black and blue? It even has color perception scientists stumped:

That said, neuroscientist Bevil Conway of Wellesley College, speaking to Wired, did seem able to take Neitz’s approach another step to fully make sense of it. He suggests the answer may have to do with light, as Neitz says, but Conway gets more specific.

“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,” Conway told Wired. “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.”

It’s all about color constancy, if you perceive the different light to begin with. if you really want to mess with people, ask them if they can get the dress to change color. It’s doable, and it’s all about metaphysics of the mind.

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Posted in: AP Psychology