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Answering everything you’ve ever wanted to know about twins




circa 1956:  Stacie and Shawn Moten of Havertown, Pennsylvania, with two large containers of milk.
circa 1956: Stacie and Shawn Moten of Havertown, Pennsylvania, with two large containers of milk.
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You’d be surprised how many people believe that twins can read each other’s minds, or that there’s always one good twin and one evil twin.

Those might be some of the more outlandish myths about twins, but there are plenty of widely-held beliefs about twins that aren’t entirely true. Those myths and misconceptions are examined and debunked in Dr. Nancy L. Segal’s new book, “Twin Mythconceptions: False Beliefs, Fables, and Facts About Twins.”

A twin herself, Segal covers a wide variety of twin-related myths — do identical twins have identical fingerprints? Can dogs tell identical twins apart based on their body odors? And are first-born twins naturally more responsible than their second-born counterparts?

Dr. Segal answers these twinteresting questions, and many more, as she explores our fascination with twins and the crazy stories people have told about twins throughout history.

Guest: 

Dr. Nancy L. Segal, Professor of Psychology at Cal State Fullerton and Director of the Twin Studies Center. She is the author of the book, “Twin Mythconceptions: False Beliefs, Fables, and Facts About Twins” (Academic Press, 2017)