How many colours can you see? ‘Confusing’ optical illusion leaves people stumped

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It’s almost the end of the week, we’re in what feels like the 17th months of lockdown, and the brain cells may be feeling frazzled but, if you can – try and fire them up to figure this out.

Once again, people on the internet are divided.

They’ve been left scratching their heads and debating a mind-bending picture filled with a spectrum of colour.

The question on people’s lips is: “How many colours do you see?”

Answers range from 11, to 3 and a whopping 39 – so there really is a range of possibilities.

At first glance, the image, shared to Twitter, looks like it will be simple to figure it.

The original poster asked: “How many colors do you see???? i see 3.”

People are finding it difficult to agree on the exact number of colours they can see.

In addition, visibility depends on a screen’s level of brightness, saturation and contrast.

One person joked: “I see 103.”

Another said: “I see 11 distinctive colors and more if you count faint lines between two of the colors as they transition.”

A third added: “20 -21, if the thin lines are included.”

One person had a decent explanation as to why people had such varying answers.

They tweeted: “To all the people here being confused.. it mostly has something to do with your output device (smartphone, laptop etc.), bc the color rendering differs a lot more between devices than you think!

“Also if you are viewing it in dark or light mode, your surrounding light in real life, etc.”