The clip we observed in class about the two 35-year old women that were separated at birth helped us examine the nature vs. nurture debate. It was interesting to see that even though they lived apart for their whole life, they still had some of the same idiosyncrasies and personality traits.
The fact that they had some of the same personality traits gave more evidence to the nature side of the debate. It didn't matter that the backgrounds were different; these twins would've had the same characteristics either way according to the clip.
This study, that they unknowingly took part in, raised a few questions.
- How similar of an environment did they have while growing up?
- Are there any more similarities between these two women other than personality traits?
The way they performed this study seemed to be a bit unethical. Splitting up siblings at birth for an experiment doesn't seem to be a good reason for a family to be separated. Unless the mother was unable to support the children and was going to put them up for adoption, then I could see how the experiment idea would be somewhat plausible. Overall, it was interesting to see that these two shared the same characteristics even though they lived completely different lives.