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Twins Expert Says Behavior Mostly Affected By Genes

May 27, 2014

Cal State Fullerton psychology professor Nancy Segal will be steeped in twins this summer, starting with her own twin.

With her students' final grades turned in for the semester, she was off to see her fraternal twin sister Anne, an attorney in New York City, where they both were raised.

Segal is an expert on twins and founder of the Twin Studies Center at Cal State Fullerton.

Mid-June, she'll be at Occidental College in Los Angeles to present her twins research at the "Adventures of the Mind" conference. Then it's off to Brazil for the Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, where researchers share findings on evolutionary influences on behavior. Segal's research on twins contributes to the evidence that genes, more than environment, affect behavior.

From there, she'll be talking about her twins research at the American Psychological Association's convention in Washington D.C. Segal was awarded the association's William James Book Award in 2013 for her book "Born Together – Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study."

This all follows on the heels of a high-profile twin reunion in Fullerton in May that Segal organized for research purposes with the help of a $10,000 grant from Cal State Fullerton. Continue reading the complete article.

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