In the 1960s, a group of triplets were separated at birth and

placed with different families as part of a scientific experiment.  

The experiment was conducted by Dr. Peter Neubauer, 

a child psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. 

Neubauer was interested in studying the effects of nature vs. nurture on human development.  

He believed that by separating identical twins and triplets at birth and raising them in different environments, 

he could learn more about how genetics and environment shape who we are. 

The triplets in the experiment were Robert Shafran, David Kellman, and Eddy Galland.  

They were born in 1961 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  

The boys were all healthy and well-developed. 

However, their birth mother was unmarried and unable to care for them. 

As a result, they were placed with different adoptive families.