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14 - 320-327 Nature-Nurture Controversy o The relative...

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320-327 Nature-Nurture Controversy o The relative contributions of nature (genetic and biological inheritance) and nurture (environmental factors) in developmental processes has been and continues to be debated. o Psychologists investigate, by using both longitudinal and cross-sectional studies of subjects in each developmental period, how both nature and nurture influence behavior. When put together, the study data provide information about changes over the entire life span. Heredity: o Mathematical estimate based on many observations in a certain groups that can be attributed to differences in nature of genetic makeup o Distinction: Genetically determined does not equal genetically fixed Genetically determined refers to the notion that certain inborn biological factors combine with environmental factors to influence a person’s personality Biosocial Theory o a theory in behavioral and social science that suggests the attribution of disorders
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