Who should you expect to show stronger red-eye effect?

blue-eyed people
brown-eyed people
elders
there is no difference
The iris plays no role in the effect, but the blue-eyed people have rel­a­tive­ly low melanin in the fundus as well. There­fore, they show a much stronger red-eye effect, as the light passing fundus is not absorbed by melanin. The role of melanin in red-eye effect is nicely demon­strat­ed in case of het­e­rochro­mia (one eye blue, one brown): typ­i­cal­ly, only the blue eye displays the effect.

Answers distribution

blue-eyed people
brown-eyed people
elders
there is no difference
answers
flagCanada
76%
11%
0%
11%
17
flagItaly
75%
6%
0%
18%
16
flagGermany
64%
10%
0%
24%
57
flagPoland
56%
14%
1%
26%
4616
flagthe United Kingdom
56%
13%
2%
27%
130
flagthe United States
54%
18%
2%
24%
204
flagIndia
50%
16%
5%
27%
59
flagFrance
50%
30%
0%
20%
10
flagUU
46%
38%
0%
15%
13
flagthe Netherlands
41%
0%
0%
58%
12

Gender

men54%
women61%
blue-eyed people
54%
61%
brown-eyed people
17%
14%
elders
1%
0%
there is no difference
26%
22%

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Author: Kantapat Rassamee
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