more prevalent and successful in the fashion industry and art world? Are there groups of
The other day, my boss got to talking about tetrachromats, people who have the physical ability to discern a greater range of colors by having retinas with four types of cone cells
, instead of the usual three (excepting color-blind individuals). He also talked about the variance in cone cell type ratios in European trichomats (something like 40% variance in ratios, compared with 10% in non-Europeans).
He stated that there was a overrepresentation of tetrachromats who work in the fashion industry, but from what the Wikipedia article claims, there have been very few actual tetrachromats identified.
So my questions are: Who is right? Are tetrachromats statistically overrepresented (relatively "enriched", perhaps, to use an informatics term) in creative fields, like art and fashion? In the larger population of trichromats, have there been any (genomic) studies about visual artists, their particular sensory apparatus, and (loosely grouped) art movements that might emphasize certain color schemes?
Pointers to studies or researchers working on this would be ideal. Thanks!