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Nina Addante Psychology Seagert 2/8/18 Genes Vs. Environment Why are children often like their parents? Nature vs. Nurture Debate Parents also pass on genes to children What is the relative importance of genes vs. upbringing in behavior? Behavioral Genetics Method that allows us to seperate genetics vs. environmental influences on a particular behavioral trait Genotype and Phenotype Genotype: an organism’s genetic makeup; never changes Phenotype: an organism’s observable physical characteristics or behavioral traits; always changing Genetics (nature) and environment (nurture) both influence phenotype Behavioral Trait Stable property of a person that can be measured by standard psychological tests IQ Aggression Graduation rates Criminal rates Happiness Extroversion Turkheimer 3 Laws of Behavior Genetics First law: all human behavioral traits are heritable Second law: similarities are influenced more by genes than family upbringing
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