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Still Confused About #DressGate? There's Real Science To Explain The Great Color Debate Of 2015

| by Sean Kelly
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By now, we’ve all seen it – the dress that’s taken social media world by storm. A simple photo of a dress has caused an international debate over the true colors of the garment. While some say its colors are black and blue, others believe the dress is white and gold. 

#DressGate, as it has become known, even had celebrities taking to Twitter to put in their two cents as to what the real colors of the dress were.

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It seemed as though people were genuinely seeing completely different color combinations, and the debate started to get seriously confusing. Why would some people see the dress one way and some view it as almost the complete opposite? As it turns out, the answer is simple – the photo is an optical illusion.

Our brains, according to Metro Online, decide what color something is by “taking in all the light from that object and ‘throwing away’ the light from surrounding objects.” Essentially, the photo in question is lit in such a way that the colors surrounding the dress appear “jumbled,” and our brains are unable to determine just what color the dress actually is. If you see the surrounding colors as dark, you’re more likely to see the blue portions of the dress as white and the black portions as gold.

As it turns out, the true colors of the dress are blue and black.

“I’ve studied individual differences in color vision for 30 years, and this is one of the biggest individual differences I’ve ever seen,” University of Washington neuroscientist Jay Neitz said.

Neitz saw white and gold. What color did you think the dress was?

Source: Mirror Online / Photo Credit: mirror.co.uk