WHAT COLOR IS THAT DRESS?!!? Technically it’s black/orange and blue, but if it is white and gold to you, blame evolution.
Alright Internet, let’s all take a collective deep breath and think about this. Why do some people think this now infamous dress is black and blue and others white and gold? Well, it definitely has something to do with a poorly processed photograph in bad lighting, but it has more to do with a special combination of colors and your brain.
As I explain in the video above (building on another explanation offered by the crack photo team at WIRED), the Internet is having a collective freakout over something pretty special — this dress and the picture that depicts it has found a very fine boundary boundary in our visual processing system, which evolved under very specific conditions.
Or maybe not. We are bound to see a hundred articles about color perception tomorrow, but for what it’s worth, Photoshop itself weighed in:
— Adobe (@Adobe) February 27, 2015