Psych M.D. - Nature-nurture issue

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Term: Nature-nurture issue
Definition (Myers): the longstanding controversy over the relative contributions that genes and experience make to the development of psychological traits and behaviors.1
Definition (alternative):
A controversy concerning the relative importance of heredity (nature) and environment (nurture) in various aspects of individual development, such as intelligence, personality, or mental illness.2
Contextual explanation: The nature-nurture issue debates the effect of genes (nature) and/or environment (nurture) on various individual traits. For example, some scientists argue that personality is handed down from your parents, while others argue that home and peer environments form your persona.
Related terms and concepts:
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Sources:
  1. Myers, D. G. (2004). Psychology. New York, New York: Worth Publishers.
  2. Nature-nurture issue. Retrieved from http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Nature-nurture_issue.
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Osw05HGe5I
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jilxKFxutU
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gwnzW4jOMI&feature=fvw
Edited by: Yu Sun
Date of last edit: 11/5/09



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