nature and nurture

nature and nurture

The combination of a person's genetic constitution and the environmental conditions to which he is exposed. The interplay of these forces produces physical and mental characteristics that make each human being different from another.

nature and nurture

see PHENOTYPE.
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It's a story of nature and nurture that's so impressive that Kellogg's believe once you've heard it you'll never take your delicious grains for granted again.
Beyond Versus: The Struggle to Understand the Interaction of Nature and Nurture.
Virtually any recent scholar who has seriously thought about these issues acknowledges this fact: nature and nurture cannot be separated.
None of the causes for these differences can be boiled down to either biological instigators or environmental ones; nature and nurture are interwoven in ways that are sometimes plainly obvious, sometimes in ways that we might never expect.
Someday, notes Jirtle, scientists may paint a complete picture of how nature and nurture work together.
The powerful adoption design used in CAP makes it possible to study the extent to which both genes and environments shape development, broaching the fundamental issues of nature and nurture.
Hardly a day goes by without news bulletins featuring at least one item related to the debate between nature and nurture, genes and experience.
Nature and nurture work together -- each influencing the other at different times -- to shape the way people are.
If she were human we would call her shell her free will - against the dual determinisms of nature and nurture.
From the perspective of an evolutionary-systems model, she explains the ongoing interaction between nature and nurture, while identifying the devastating consequences of allowing nurture to occur in the absence of sound scientific analysis and proactive intervention, guided by universally applicable values and reliable knowledge.
Just because science can't tease apart the difference between nature and nurture in such cases doesn't mean that they're not both in there; it only means that science, in its current state, can't tell us everything we need to know.