psy 105- lecture 5

Psy 105 lecture 5 - Lecture 5 Midterm Tuesday Bring a pink parscore Read the textbook focus on concepts Code RED Class and textbook Code PINK Class

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Lecture 5 --- January 22, 2008 Midterm Tuesday: Bring a pink parscore Read the textbook – focus on concepts Code RED – Class and textbook Code PINK– Class Code ORANGE – Textbook, but looks important, or is core knowledge Code YELLOW – Textbook and doesn’t look too crucial Previously What is nature? Genes, proteins, reliably developing structure What is nurture? Environmental input How does environmental input “get in?” “Nurture” requires a “nature” ready to interact with it It’s like cookies Low Variance Some traits show almost no difference (no variance) between people Ability to breathe Enjoying sweet taste Etc. These are common abilities (adaptations) Common abilities Are the domain of inheritance Are not the domain of heritability High Variance Within a population . . . Some traits do vary (more than others, anyway) Some differences are attributable to Mostly genes Eye color Development of PKU Mostly environment Specific language you speak Basketball team you like The specific interaction between genes and environment Everything else Heritability The proportion of the variation of a given trait (in a population) that can be explained in terms of differences in genes Depends on the time and place you measure it Depends on the population Does not mean that something is “in your genes” or “destined to occur” Does not mean “inherited” Behavioral Genetics misrepresented
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Media tendency to present “gene for ability X discovered” 2001 - “Language gene” discovered FoxP2 Behavior genetics studies on “Family K” One allele accounts for language impairment Theoretical Approaches to Child Development Darwin Binet Feud Piaget Skinner Contemporary diversity Many perspectives including (but not limited to) Neo-Piagetian theory
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Psy 105 lecture 5 - Lecture 5 Midterm Tuesday Bring a pink parscore Read the textbook focus on concepts Code RED Class and textbook Code PINK Class

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