Nancy Segal: "Twins Raised Apart: The Science Behind the Stories" - Psychology Club Speaker Series

Ohlone College Psychology Club logo.The Ohlone College Psychology Club is proud to announce one of the Fall 2014 installments in the Psychology Club Speaker Series.

Nancy Segal.

The Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart (MISTRA), launched in 1979 at the University of Minnesota, was a psychological and medical assessment of 137 separated twin pairs (81 MZA and 56 DZA). The study, which lasted twenty years, produced over 170 scientific publications, with new analyses currently underway.

Given the comprehensiveness of the project, many people are unaware of the multitude of studies published in diverse psychological, physiological and medical journals.

This lecture presents an overview of the origins, methods, findings, implications and controversies from this important study, now published in book form in Born Together - Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study.

  • How much of your personality is due to genes, and how much is because of how you were raised?
  • What behavioral similarities and differences are found between twins raised in separate families?
  • What effect does it have to discover that you had a twin you never knew about?
  • How would you feel if you were raised Jewish and discovered that you had an identical twin who was raised as a Nazi?

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