The Brain Issue: Seeing double


Thora Pearson

My identical twin, Grace and I, when we were 3 years old.

“Which twin are you?” “How do I tell you apart?” “Are you going to the same college?” “Who is older?” These are questions I get asked daily. Do I get tired of it? Yes. Do I tell people that? No. 

My identical twin Grace and I, are the youngest of six kids. My parents were completely surprised when they found out they were having twins. Identical twins occur when one fertilized egg divides into two. Then, these eggs then develop into two babies, with the same genetic information. The chances of having identical twins is one in 250 births.

Grace and I have shared a room our whole lives up until sophomore year of high school. The two of us have shared clothes our whole life. Everything from CYC soccer to running cross country to working at the Custard Station together, we have done almost everything together. We have tried to do different activities from one another, such as playing different sports during the same season. For me, lacrosse. For Grace, track. But we always go back to liking the same things: running and calligraphy, T.V. shows: Grey’s Anatomy and Friends, and foods: smoothie bowls and sweets. Our interests have been based off how we have been raised. Grace and I were raised to have the ability to do our own activities and we don’t always have to do what the other twin is doing. As sisters enjoy doing activities together and the friendly competition of, running races together and creating memories together such as driving to and from school together or doing working on the same homework.

Throughout elementary school, my parents made sure the two of us were in different classes. Our parents wanted to create separate learning environments for us and to let us know that we are two independent people. Although Grace and I were in different classrooms, we played with the same friends and played together at recess. 

Being a twin is one of the best experiences that has happened to me. Grace and I are always there for each other. ”

According to Deary, L, a psychologist, research proves that scans reveal that identical twins’ brains have similar gray- and white-matter volume, and the areas associated with verbal and spatial intelligence are virtually the same. The grey matter controls muscle movement, and sensory perception such as hearing, memory, speech, emotions, and decision-making, while the white is the outer layer of it. 

As Grace and I have gotten older, we have found our differences, but our similarities tend to override those. We are both driven to do our absolute best, no matter the task at hand. Grace and I are able to understand each other better than anyone else. As twins always know what the other is feeling, even when one twin doesn’t say anything. 

Grace and I have been able to read each other’s minds before, and a lot of the time, we talk at the same time saying the same exact words in sync. Whenever someone asks us a question and both of us are together, we tend to say the response back at the same time, then stop ourselves to let the other twin answer, but then having awkward silence because neither of us are talking or answering the question.

Being a twin is one of the best experiences that has happened to me. Grace and I are always there for each other. Although getting asked the same question over and over again can get annoying, I always have someone to talk to. As twins we do almost everything together, so as we begin to decide what we want to do for our future, it will be interesting to see what sets us apart. I always have my best friend with me even if we are miles away in years to come.