There is a big controversy between whether inherited genes or the environment influences and effects our personality, development, behavior, intelligence and ability. This controversy is most often recognized as the nature verses nurture conflict. Some people believe that it is strictly genes that effect our ways of life, others believe that it is the environment that effects us, and some believe that both of these influence us. Either way, social scientists have been struggling for centuries deciding whether our personalities are born or made. Tests are done often on identical twins that were separated to see how they are influenced. In the past twenty years, it has been discovered that there is a genetic component to about every human trait and behavior. However, genetic influence on traits and behavior is partial because genetics account on average for half of the variation of most traits. Urie Bronfrenbrenner, who studies genetics, said, "It is not nature vs. nurture, but the interaction of nature and nurture that drives development." Researchers are finding that the balance between genetic and environmental influences for certain traits change as people get older. Also, people may react to us in a certain way because of a genetically influenced personality and, we may choose certain experiences because they fit best with our instinctive preferences. This means that our experiences may be influenced by our genetic tendencies. One way researchers study the development of traits and behaviors is by measuring the influence of genetics through out ones life span, and it is found to be that the genetic influence on certain trait increase as people age. A research was done to see whether a trait would show up in a child if it was environmentally influenced or genetically influenced. A child was given more negative attention than another was, and it increased the chances of the child having depressive symptoms and anti-social behavior. But these symptoms disappeared
Michelle Esteban December 22, 2011
Introduction to Psychology
Nature vs. Nurture Controversy
The Nature vs. Nurture controversy was begun by British researcher Sir Francis Galton, who invented the term “Nature vs. Nurture” (Wood, Wood, & Boyd, 2005). He began the debate about whether intelligence happens because of our environment, or because of the genes we are given at birth (Wood, et al., 2005). There is much debate in the scientific community about which is more….
The nature versus nurture debate concerns the relative importance of an individual's innate qualities ("nature," i.e. nativism, or innatism) versus personal experiences ("nurture," i.e. empiricism or behaviorism) in determining or causing individual differences in physical and behavioral traits.
The phrase "Nature versus nurture" in its modern sense was coined by the English Victorian polymath Francis Galton in discussion of the influence of heredity and environment on social advancement….
Julie Gresham, RN
Western Governors University
It is a known fact that humans are born with a set of genes. 50% of the genes come from the father and 50% come from the mother. Genes determine your eye color, hair color, blood type, and some hard-wired behaviors to name a few. These descriptions describe “nature” theory.
According to Sincero (2012), “the nurture theory holds that genetic influence over abstract traits that may exist;….
Nature vs. Nurture
The nature-nurture controversy has been a constant argument between scientists for centuries and still neither side has won. What most agree on is that we do get our looks and physical attributes from our genes. On the other hand scientists can’t agree on whether or not we get our intelligence, personalities, and attitudes from our genes or are they simply learned. This introduction brings us to the main question: “Do children acquire language because they are genetically….
The nature-nurture controversy is a topic that most individuals have heard of. Weather or not your personality traits or your eating habits come primarily from nature or primarily from nurture is a question that has been debated for some time now. Neither side is correct, but most everyone has an opinion about the subject matter. We all have characteristics from both nature and nurture. Nature is the traits that we all inherit genetically from our parents, at the moment of conception. Nurture….
Intuition 2011 Vol 7, 34-38
An Overview of the Nature–Nurture Debate and a Proposed New Paradigm
Austin D. Miller social influences, such as wealth and education, contribute to them. With the modern age, a new dimension of human development has emerged, specifically, the noetic. The term comes from the Greek word for mind, and refers to a person’s individual agency and freedom, but more specifically the ability to think. In this essay, agency refers to the capacity of an individual to choose….
talk about the whole controversy between Nature vs. Nurture. Nature is based on DNA. Many people believe that it is DNA that decides on how humans will behave, what occupations they will have, and what their personalities will be like. Others, on the other hand, believe that it is the environment, or nurture, that decides on occupation, behavior, and personality. Although nature does decide on what color hair you have, what eye color you have, and what your height is, nurture has the greatest impact….
been controversy over nature and nurture. Nature deals with genetic predispositions, while nurture deals more with the environment in which we are brought up. “Nature endows us with inborn abilities and traits; nurture takes these genetic tendencies and molds them as we learn and mature (Powell, 2010).
Taking a look back at myself as a child, my mother predisposed me with morals and values of life, nature. While my environment was filled with homelessness, drug abusers, and violence (nurture), I….
Methods of Critical Thinking
December 11, 2010
Nature vs. Nurture
One of the most enduring debates in the field of psychology is the controversial idea of nature vs. nurture. Throughout the endless history of the debate, no clear conclusion has been met, only hypotheses have been formed. At the center of the debate, human behaviors, ideas, and feelings are being determined, whether they are learned or inherited. Determining physical traits, such as eye color….
Nature vs. Nurture
Nature vs. Nurture
There has been extensive debate between scholars in the field of psychology surrounding the Nature vs. Nurture issue. Both nature and nurture determine who we are and neither is solely independent of the other. “As the area of a rectangle is determined by its length and its width, so do biology and experience together create us.”(Myers, 2008, p. 8) Carl Gustav Jung, and leading thinker and creator of analytical….