Only 1 In 4 People Can See All The Colors In This Box. Can You?

by Elyse Wanshel
Elyse is a Senior Writer at She enjoys tacos, kickboxing, and naming animals. In fact, she named two of her mother’s six cockatiels Mr. and Mrs. Featherbottom.

What color is the sky? Blue, right? But do I see blue the same way you do? Maybe my blue is your pink or my pink is your magenta.

It sounds odd, but after the Internet had a full-blown existential crisis over the color of a dress (white and gold forever!) it has become pretty apparent that not everyone sees all the pretty hues present in a box of Crayola crayons.

For instance, many see a distinctive difference between the shades laser lemon, unmellow yellow, and canary while others view all three as simply “yellow.”

Really, it all boils down to how many cones, or color receptors, you have in your eyes.

Professor Diana Derval, a neuro-marketing expert, posted an interesting test that has claims it can determine how many cones you have. After I took the simple test, it was fascinating to see how many people — and creatures — see the world the same exact way I do.

Some critics have said that the test may not be accurate as computer, iPad, and iPhone screens may not display all the colors correctly, but we still found it fascinating!

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To take the test, count the colors you see in this spectrum:

To take the test, count the colors you see in this spectrum:

How many did you see?

If you saw…

Fewer than 20 distinctive colors: Derval says you’re a dichromat and only have two cones in your eye. Twenty-five percent of the population are dichromats. Yet, don’t fret, you’re in good company — dogs are also dichromats too. Dervals says dichromats have a tendency to wear a lot of black, beige, and blue clothing.

Between 20 and 32 distinctive colors: You’re a trichromat. That means you have three types of cones in your eye in the purple/blue, green, and red area. Dervals says trichromats enjoy different colors and can appreciate them. About 50 percent of the population is a trichromat.

Between 32 and 39 distinctive colors: Just like a bumblebee, you’re a tetrachromat. Dervals says these kinds of people have four types of cones. They also get irritated by yellow and will most likely never wear it. About 25 percent of the population is a tetrachromat.

More than 39 distinctive colors: You better count again! Dervals says there are only 39 different colors in the test and probably only 35 are properly translated by the computer screen.

How many did you see? Let us know!

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