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Do Men and Women See Colors Differently?

 

Do Men and Women See Colors Differently?

The answer is, "Yes," at least for about half of women. Around half of them are tetrachromatic, which means they have 4 types of cone receptors instead of the usual 3 (trichromatic). They can actually see more colors. For example, in a rainbow, trichromatics can see 7 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. But tetrachromatics can distinguish 10.

Gender Differences in Color Perception

It also seems to be true that women, in general, are better able differentiate colors in the red-orange range of the color spectrum. That's why a woman may see objects as crimson, Chinese red, maroon or tomato and an man will see red.

 

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