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nature versus nurture

[nur′chər]
a name given to a long-standing controversy as to the relative influences of genetics versus the environment in the development of personality. Nature is represented by instincts and genetic factors and nurture by social influences.

nature versus nurture

The perennial argument as to whether heredity or environment is more influential in determining the outcome of any individual's development. It is now apparent that the two are so intimately inter-related in their effects as to almost inseparable.
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language development; see Miller, 1993), debates on how to explain exceptional competence and performance recurrently take the form of the nature versus nurture argument (e.
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Nature versus nurture, the debate of the past 50 years over whether human behavior is determined by genes or the environment, has ended (de Waal, 1999).
Or, as many of us heard the issue labeled in school -- Nature Versus Nurture.
Because the discussion is often framed in terms of misleading dichotomies such as nature versus nurture or genetics versus environment, the possibility that both are relevant (and can influence one another) is repeatedly overlooked, as is the possibility that sexual behaviour in some animals has a significant sociocultural component.
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4) Behavior should be explained on a nature versus nurture dichotomy.
Discussions of nature versus nurture are irrelevant to practical policy discussions couched in terms of costs and benefits.