What colors are in this dress?
If you answered white and gold, you’re right.
If you answered blue and black, you’re also right… we think.
The Internet is buzzing over a very controversial image: A striped dress, in one of two sets of colors. And the way you see it may define who you are as a person.
It seems to have all started on Tumblr, with a post earlier this month that read: “guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f— out.”
It caught fire on Thursday night after it was pointed out by BuzzFeed, with celebrities and thousands of Twitter users getting in on the game. Ellen DeGeneres, Mindy Kaling, Taylor Swift and more weighing in.
But really, it all comes down to science. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College says it depends on a person’s eye’s white balance. “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.”