Dress debate: Blue and black or white and gold? - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Dress debate: Blue and black or white and gold?

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The great debate on a dress is dividing people into two specific groups: those who think the dress is blue and back and those who think the dress is white and gold.

It all started after someone posted a photo to Tumblr and posed the question, "What colors are this dress?"

"Blue and black. I don't see any gold up in there," said Brenda Blunt.

At first Maria Luong saw white and gold. "Well now I see blue and gold," said Luong.

Celebrities, government officials, even the WMC Action News 5 newsroom, are divided on the color of the dress.

#TheDress is the number one trending topic on social media. Even U.S. Senator Chris Murphy gave his opinion saying "that dress is gold and white."

There's a science behind why we see the dress in different ways.

Dr. Patricia Cisarik is a practicing Optometrist and a professor of psychological optics and vision science.

"When we see that amount of change in the light color compared to a differentness in the sky, we learned to call that green. But do you see the exact same green that I see and do I see the exact same green that he does? We don't really have any way of knowing," said Cisarik.

She says we are trained to identify color based on the information the brain receives.

She says that when looking at this dress from this limited view, many factors come into play including lighting, fabric and how wavelengths are reflected off the object.

The dress is actually black and blue.

"It's largely a brain thing. The stimulus that whatever colors are within the object, and the light that's hitting the object plays a large part," said Cisarik.

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