Nature and Nurture Nature and Nurture • Nature

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					          Nature and Nurture
• Nature or heredity
  The transmission of characteristics from
  ancestors to their descendants by means of
  genes (what is “built into a person” from the
  beginning.

• Nurture or environment
  The surroundings in which a person finds
  him/herself. These surroundings affect the
  development of the person.
     THE BIG QUESTION
• WHICH PLAYS THE GREATER ROLE IN
   WHY A PERSON IS THE WAY THAT
          HE OR SHE IS—

            NATURE
              OR
           NURTURE?
 Scientific studies that support the
 nature side of the nature/nurture
               debate
Identical twins separated at birth and
  reunited years later

The Harvard shyness study

The MAO study from the U. of California
 Scientific studies that support the
 nurture side of the nature/nurture
               debate

• U. of Massachusetts unresponsive mother
  study

• Harry Harlow’s rhesus monkey
  experiments

• The Better Baby Institute
               Conclusions
• Most scientific research says that BOTH nature
  and nurture play a significant role in who you
  are.

• Researchers DISAGREE about which plays the
  greater role.

• Part of which plays the greater role depends on
  the CONTENT of the nature and the CONTENT
  of the nurture.

				
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