ABC's Catalyst: It's a Twin Thing

ABC's Catalyst aired their episode, It's a Twin Thing, on October 31, 2017. MMW's Professor Sarah Wilson and Yi Ting Tan discussed how the findings from their twin study suggest that there may be an underlying genetic basis to musical ability.

For the past 35 years, twins have been some of the most carefully studied people in Australia. 75,000 twins have been revealing the secrets of how much we inherit from our parents and in what ways our experience shapes who we become. Researchers are trying to understand what determines their personalities, makes them succeed at a school or even live longer.

It turns out that twins research is confounding simple conclusions about what makes us who we are. We are a complex interplay of genes and environment. In fact revealing the secrets of this extraordinary group of people, may just help all of us live a longer, healthier life.

Professor Sarah Wilson and Yi Ting Tan were interviewed as part of Catalyst's It's a Twin Thing Episode on the ABC on how twin research can help us understand the genetic basis of musical ability.

You can watch the episode here