What is a Tetrachromat?
Concetta embodies “The Perfect Storm” for the human realization of Tetrachromatic color vision.
- Her rare genotype provides for a fourth receptor in her eyes.
- Her lifelong fine art career as master artist makes her gift highly functioning.
- Her “Super Vision” status takes her beyond previously known artistic color and value use.
- All produced in one sitting, her gifted tetrachromatic oil on canvas works are accelerated.
- As if by magic, her process is so powerful it creates disbelief for the viewers.
- Regular human vision may resolve a maximum of 1 million colors.
- Concetta’s Tetrachromatic potential reaches up to 100 million colors.
- At this time Concetta Antico is the only authenticated Tetrachromat Artist on earth.
What Is Tetrachromacy?
Concetta was discovered by Dr. Jay Neitz, a world renowned leader in the field of color vision today and Bishop Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Washington Medical School. Concetta was discovered due to her lifelong unique use of color in her work and through her teaching. He concluded through his genetic and vision testing that Concetta is a Tetrachromist which provides her with super color vision.Dr. Neitz has tested Concetta and identified her as possessing the remarkable collection of genes that provide the building blocks for Tetrachromacy – the same configuration thought to impart a “richer” or “heightened” sense of color experience. Since learning she possesses these genes, Concetta has been consulting experts and actively pursuing scientific demonstrations of the precise ways her color perception differs from that of a normal color vision observer. She has successfully identified and recently begun working with several local scientists who are experts in the area of color perception. This collaboration has kept her busy volunteering for a series of color perception investigations that will determine exactly how her perceptual capabilities will demonstrate unequivocally, using the most objective methods known to science, how and in what ways Concetta’s color perception differentiates her from all other painters who possess the normal form of full color vision trichromacy. The fruits of these collaborative labors should be ripe for the picking in the near future.
Human beings normally have three types of cone cells and are therefore referred to as trichromats. However, it has been suggested that as women have two different X chromosomes in their cells, some of them could be carrying some variant cone cell pigments, thereby possibly being born as tetrachromats and having four different functioning kinds of cone cells. One study has suggested that 2–3% of the world’s women might have the kind of fourth cone that lies between the standard red and green cones, giving, theoretically, a significant increase in color differentiation. Yet another study suggests that as many as 50% of women and 8% of men may have four photopigments. The research continues.
NEW BUZZ! UC Irvine Research Studies Concetta and Her Super Vision Gift
UC Irvine’s recent study of Concetta’s Super Vision Gift lends insight into how people with potential tetrachromacy differ from people with normal vision, and how tetrachrmatists experience the world in ways that differ from individuals with trichromacy. Click here to read the scientific study.
Find Out More About Tetrachromacy
An unknown number of women may perceive millions of colors invisible to the rest of us. One British scientist is trying to track them down and understand their extraordinary power of sight.
Newcastle University neuroscientist Dr. Gabriele Jordan, recently announced that she has identified a woman who is a “Tetrachromat,” that is, a woman with the ability to see much greater color depth than the ordinary person.
There is more to color than meets the eye. We learn at school that there are three primary colors, and the rest of the rainbow can be made by mixing these. This may be true for most of us, but it now seems that there is a small group of people for whom yellow is one color and “red plus green” is quite different.
The average human can perceive one million different colors, but researchers suspect that a small percentage of women may be capable of seeing one hundred times that amount.
If you are a man you have a far higher chance of struggling to tell the difference between hues, as one in 12 men are color blind compared to one in 255 women. And now, scientists believe some women may be able to see up to 99 million more colors than the average human being.