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Chapter 2 - Culture and Nature Explaining the Psyche The Individual and Society Facts of Life Important Features of Human Social Life What Makes Us Human? (Boxes Video)
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Culture and Nature What does the case of “Little Brenda” suggest about culture and nature? On the spectrum of innate versus socialized; where do you believe sex differences to be?
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Explaining the Psyche Psyche – broad term for mind, encompassing emotions, desires, perceptions, and all other psychological processes. Nature – Genes, hormones, brain structure and other innate processes dictate how you will choose and act Culture – Learned experiences; from parents, society and any experiences
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Nature Evolution – Focus on how change occurs in nature Natural selection – Process of selection of traits that will endure; while others disappear Survival until reproduction Reproduction Survival – living longer “Survival of the fittest” (Spencer) Competition within species Mutation – a new gene or combination of genes Reproduction – producing babies that survive long enough to also reproduce
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Culture Culture – an information-based system includes shared ideas and common ways of doing things Ideas – mental representations that are abstract and that can be expressed in language In research, need to consider cultural differences and underlying similarities
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How are we the same?
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2010 for the course PSC 78918 taught by Professor Dawnteearly during the Spring '09 term at UC Davis.

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