Dreamachine Perception Census

Do you see what I see?

Publication date

Take part in Dreamachine's survey into the human mind

Stripey multicoloured dress that went viral.jpg

The photograph above became a viral phenomenon on the internet back in 2015. Viewers of the image disagreed on whether the dress they saw was coloured black and blue or white and gold. This revealed differences in the way we as humans perceive colour, a subject of ongoing scientific investigations into neuroscience and vision science.

Now you have the chance to take part in the largest survey ever that looks at the different ways we see and experience the world around us.

Thousands of people from all walks of life have already taken part in the Dreamachine perception census, and we need more of you from around the UK and across the world, to help build a comprehensive picture of how our minds respond.

It only takes about 10 minutes to complete the survey on a desktop or laptop computer. All you have to do is answer a series of simple questions about what you see on the screen. You’ll learn about how you perceive colours, illusions, time, sound, and more. The more sections you complete, the more you’ll discover. And it’s likely it will be different to your family and friends.

Take part now    Find out more

The perception census is part of the Dreamachine programme. The study is led by world-leading researchers Professor of Neuroscience Anil Seth from the University of Sussex and Professor of Philosophy Fiona Macpherson from the University of Glasgow.