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Earlier this year, the famous blue-and-black (or white-and-gold) dress captivated the Internet, serving as a reminder that color is truly in the eye of the beholder. The dress was also a lesson in the power of social media, the science of shifting colors, and the fun of optical illusions. Here we present a visual story from February 27 that rounded up some of the best-known optical illusions on the Web.
The Internet erupted in an energetic debate yesterday about whether an ugly dress was blue and black or white and gold, with celebrities from Anna Kendrick (white) to Taylor Swift (black) weighing in. (For the record, I’m with Taylor – never a bad camp to be in.)
It sounds inane, but the dress question was actually tricky: Some declared themselves firmly in the blue and black camp, only to have the dress appear white and gold when they looked back a few hours later.
Wired had the best explanation of the science behind the dress’s shifting colors. When your brain tries to figure out what color something is, it essentially subtracts the lighting and background colors around it, or as the neuroscientist interviewed by Wired says, tries to “discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis.” This is why you can identify an apple as red whether you see it at noon or at dusk.
The dress is on some kind of perceptual boundary, with a pretty even mix of blue, red and green. (Frankly, it’s just a terrible, washed out photo.) So for those who see it as white, your eyes may be subtracting the wrong background and lighting.
Changing a color’s appearance by changing the background or lighting is one of the most common techniques in optical illusions. As the …read more
Tailgates tend to breed beer-chugging. (Photo by Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski)
At American schools with powerhouse football programs, college game day often brings hordes of rowdy visitors and booze-soaked tailgates. Students wake early and chug vodka with breakfast. Gift shops sell T-shirts that brag, “Never lost a party.”
Jason Lindo, an economic professor at Texas A&M University, wondered if this elevated revelry intensified the risk of sexual assault on campus. Alcohol, he knew, promotes aggression.
So, Lindo and his colleagues analyzed 22 years of FBI data to compare reports of rape to the law enforcement agencies serving students at Division 1 schools on game days to reports on non-game days, controlling for differences expected across different days of the week and times of the year.
They found a strong link between football match-ups and an increase in college women, ages 17 to 24, reporting rape. Such reports increased on the days of home games by 41 percent, according to a new study, published Monday. They spiked 15 percent during away games.
And after underdog home teams unexpectedly beat higher-ranked opponents on campus, reported rapes on average surged a whopping 57 percent.
Overall, researchers conclude, football games are associated with 253 to 770 additional rapes per year across the 128 schools in Division 1A.
“Potential perpetrators,” the authors wrote, “may believe that the probability of being punished (and the degree of punishment) will be lower if they and/or their victims are inebriated.”
Campus rape remains prevalent. Earlier this year, an Association of American Universities survey of 150,000 students at 27 universities found that, since enrolling in college, 13.5 percent of senior undergraduate women and 2.9 percent of senior undergraduate men had experienced “non consensual penetration involving physical force or incapacitation.”
Lindo’s team didn’t intend to single out …read more