Nature vs. Nurture

27 Oct



            Since the 17th century, when John Locke proclaimed that the mind of a child is a blank slate, the debate about whether nature or nurture has the strongest influence on development has raged. Some scientists argued adamantly that genetics were the sole source of what makes us who we are. Others insisted that influences from the environment in which we are raised contribute to traits. Today, most psychologists now look for ways to account for both influences in their practices.

Parents transmit genes to their children that we can see such as eye color, height, and facial characteristics. What we don’t see are the individual differences in personality that are a part of behavior genetics (Boyd & Bee, 2009). Behavior genetics are studied particularly in identical and fraternal twins due to the similarities in their genes. It is found that identical twins share a higher percentage…

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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in General News


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