Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior

Entwined Lives Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior 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 t

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 cuttinTwins 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 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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Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior

  1. I am a Psychology Professor at California State University, Fullerton, with a special interest in twin studies I am a fraternal twin myself I have always been fascinated with the differences between my sister and myself, as well as the similarities and differences between identical twins My career has been informative, and so much fun And I am very excited about my recent books.When I am not being an academic you can find me swing dancing or watching old films.

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  1. Very informative book about twins I have read a lot of books on twins but this one is one of the best I learned about twins from this book than others The author is a twin and she has devoted her ENTIRE life to studying twins She does a great job giving examples of her theories and making it interesting Enjoyed the book.


  2. I have found this book to be especially fascinating because I have 3 year old g b fraternal twins Not only are research studies discussed in detail, but we get the behind the scenes details surrounding past and current research and how it applies to twin and non twin perspectives.


  3. A classic about than twins It s also nature versus nurture, the origin of personality, and what makes us who we are.


  4. So I have identical twins and find everything about multiples fascinating this is a great explanation of multiple birth and how they can differ be similar.


  5. This book provided densely packed summaries of twin studies interwoven with anecdotes about the author s experiences in the field and sprinkled with a small amount of experience as a twin While it proves the value of twin research for all of us, multiples and singletons, in our behavior as genetically and environmentally motivated, I can t imagine it being intensely interesting for those not directly affected by twinship As a parent of most likely identical twins and some singletons , I found it [...]


  6. I have to believe that everyone, not just psych majors, is sick to death of the whole nonsensical nature nurture argument so I can understand why a lot of people would pass this book over It totally looks like that s what it should be about But it s not really As a twin herself, Segal spends a lot of time exploring twin ness from the alleged connections between twins, to people who find out late in life they have a twin or, heartbreakingly, lost a twin at birth, and even what it means to familie [...]


  7. I did not finish this book and ordinarily I wouldn t review a book I didn t finish, but I have some things to say about this book It is terribly written The author basically summarizes all research ever done on twins The information could be interesting, but it reads like a literature review that no one edited That said, the studies are really interesting, but it was like reading hundreds of pages of scholarly articles The author would have done much better using the research to support themes i [...]


  8. This also took me forever to get through, but its one of the only books on twins, and it is THOROUGH It talks about fraternal twins separated at birth finding each other and marrying unknowingly, because like genes seek like, and what that might mean for people who have donated eggs for artificial insemination It talks about how cloning shouldn t be scary because environment triggers genes, so no two people end up alike It defines twins as 2 conceived at the same time who share a womb, leaving o [...]


  9. Good information, but dry presentation of it The book itself is interesting, but could have been made much so if the writing had been a bit better This is a good book to page through for facts and information, but overall didn t make much of an impression on me.


  10. I bought this book through Double Blessings at an IOMOTC convention, maybe the National Mothers of Twins Club Convention, Nancy Segal signed it for me I read most of it many years ago and picked it back up now that my twins are in middle school Great read


  11. Nancy L Segal, AM 74, PhD 82AuthorFrom the Core, Summer 2014 Multiple Choice Seems like a lot of UChicago students these days look just alike.


  12. Interesting subject matter, but not as accessible as I would like It s long, my copy had tiny print, and the prose isn t very engaging Snooze.



  13. Wonderful book Full of fascinating information, if a bit redundant at times More intrigued than ever by twins and genetics in general


  14. Very thorough and wide ranging A bit dry, though, and would have been significantly convincing without the utterly speculative evo psych sprinkled throughout.



  15. But it second hand if you can Worth a read for insight, though I read each chapter as it interested me Nevertheless worth purchaising.


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