Renowned twins researcher Nancy Segal, professor of psychology and director of Cal State Fullerton’s Twin Studies Center, will discuss “Twins Reared Apart and Together: The Science Behind the Fascination” at the Saturday, Dec. 5, Patrons of the Pollak Library meeting. The 2 p.m. program, free and open to the public, will be held in Room 130 of the Pollak Library.
Segal’s wide-ranging research has delved into the issue of nurture vs. nature in human development, specifically by looking at such cases as Elizabeth Ann Hamel and Patricia Ann Hunt, the world’s longest-separated twins, whom she reunited last year.
Her work with two sets of identical twins separated at birth and raised as fraternal twins in Bogota was recounted in the New York Times Magazine earlier this year. Segal was featured in the memoir “Separated @ Birth” for helping Korean-born twins learn about themselves and honored in 2013 by the American Psychological Association for her book “Born Together – Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study.”
The 2004-5 CSUF Outstanding Professor Award recipient is also the author of “Someone Else’s Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth,” “Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins” and “Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior.”