Twins are nature's living laboratories. Through them we are able to uncover new information concerning the genetic and environmental factors affecting who we are. Studies using identical and fraternal twins hold the keys to understanding our intellectual abilities, personality traits, social attitudes, and behavior. In Entwined Lives, Dr. Nancy Segal brings together cutting-edge information with illustrative case histories of twins and their families. In addition to the fascinating stories of identical twins reared apart and reunited as adults, Dr. Segal provides insights into the unusual language patterns of twins, how twin studies affect legal decisions, the role of fertility treatments in twin and "twinlike" conceptions, and more. This groundbreaking book explores the ways in which twins enhance our knowledge of human behavioral and physical development, while shedding new light on the nature/nurture debate and on the burgeoning field of evolutionary psychology.
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It's very clear that the author Nancy Segal is very passionate about her work. This was a very thorough look at twin studies, the author literally pored her life's work into these pages. I found it profoundly interesting and it changed the way I think about raising my identical triplets. It went into amazing detail & answered questions I would have never of thought of asking. I personally used to feel that most human behavior was a result of environment, but after having triplets I realized that much more was genetic than I realized. Which is what led me to read this book. I really enjoyed reading about these studies that researched the very same issues I see in my house on a daily bases.
Only down side of the book was that the author is so incredibly thorough in explaining and proving her research is accurate & non biased that often she goes into painful detail about not so interesting subjects. From a layman's point of view I appreciated the information but often found the details a little weary to read about. Other than that it's a very interesting read!