What’s The Number Of Colors You See? Your Answer Gives Compelling Information About Your Eyesight.
FaithTap Staff 5/12/2015
Can you see a difference between sky blue and turquoise blue? Or, is it all just blue to you? For some of us, two different colors can look exactly the same and now there is an explanation as to why.
After the photo of a white and gold, or blue and black, dress went viral, it became apparent that each of us see colors differently. Many people got into a fervent discussion on the color of the dress asking for more clarity on the contrasting hues.
How is the phenomenon explained? It may be determined by how many colors you see in this box.
Diana Derval, a neuromarketing expert, posted a color spectrum on LinkedIn to provide more explanation on why people saw different colors with the photo of a white and gold dress. The number of colors you see depends on the number of cones or color receptors in your eyes.
Give this eye test a try. How many colors do you see?
20 or less different colors: You have two types of cones in your eyes, meaning you are a dichromat. You are not alone in this as 25% of the population only have two cones in their eyes. You most likely wear black, blue, and beige clothing. An interesting fact is that dogs are dichromats too.
20 to 32 different colors: You have three types of cones in your eyes to be a trichromat. About 50% of the population fall into this category being able to see more purple/blue, red, and green hues.
33 to 39 different colors: As a tetrachromat, you have 4 types of cones that let you see more hues of purple/blue, green, red, and yellow. You see as many hues as a bumblebee. Approximately 25% of the population is tetrachromat. Most likely, tetrachromats avoid wearing the color yellow as they find it irritating.
39 or more different colors: Count again! The color spectrum only has 39 colors, so somehow your counting got thrown off.
Now that you have taken the eye test, share this with your friends to see what category they fall into. You just may see more eye to eye the next time you talk about your favorite color.