Nature-Nurture Debate


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The ongoing polemic about whether differences in individual responses to one's environment and behaviours are due either to genetics—i.e., nature—or to environment—i.e., nurture—or, as many believe, bits of both
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In another important shift, scholars moved away from viewing the nature-nurture debate as being about how much nature and nurture each contribute to the development of a trait.
Shankman reflects upon the ways the nature-nurture debate is embedded within the Mead-Freeman controversy.
Griese meanwhile follows the fate of a version of the nature-nurture debate, Morolf's demonstration in the Solomon and Morolf story that nature is stronger than nurture: the cat trained to hold a candle at dinner cannot resist dropping it to chase mice.
The "Nature-Nurture Debate" rages on as we unravel the genome, dig up bones and artifacts, and study modern human behavior.
In the longstanding nature-nurture debate, poststructuralists stake out a position that's basically off the scale: Not only is all human behavior an artifact of environment, "nature" itself is a wholly ideological construct, a mystifying abstraction invoked to justify the status quo or some inevitably retrograde social arrangement.
Chapter 3, "Cultivating the Mind," deals with the nature-nurture debate in terms of humanist culture and agriculture.
Like the nature-nurture debate, these theories generally support either a genetic or an environmental cause for criminal behavior.
The authors in the first section (Rutter & Schaffer) address the nature-nurture debate. The second section comprises four chapters in which longitudinal studies of vulnerability and resilience are reported.
An article in Science Writer magazine argued that the twin studies were "one more proof that parenting has its limits." And the Boston Globe announced that "geneticists now have ascendancy in the nature-nurture debate."
They show how psychology is embedded in particular sociohistorical contexts using a number of examples, among them IQ measurement, gender, ethics in psychology, parapsychology, and the nature-nurture debate. Other topics include race, psychology in service to the state, mental health, Freud, and everyday life.
Harris, an independent investigator, seeks answers beyond the nature-nurture debate, which she views as insufficient for explaining the development of personality.
Then, implications of the nature-nurture debate and research on gifted education are discussed in terms of 2 alternative paradigms: the gifted-child paradigm and the talent-development paradigm.