nature versus nurture

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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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The nature-nurture controversy rears it head at various times as opposed to the types of nurture variables that might account for such differences (e.
To resolve this nature-nurture controversy, we might need to invoke the concept of thresholds, that is, for different levels of attainment (world class achievement vs.
The recent advances in evolutionary psychology--sometimes referred to as adaptationist psychology-and the earlier sociobiology originated by Wilson have shown that the nature-nurture controversy must not be so one-sided.
Hamer and Copeland quickly lay out the terrain of the nature-nurture controversy by distinguishing between temperament and character.