Notes 2-15-08 - Notes, 2-15-08 Nature vs. Nurture: Growing...

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Notes, 2-15-08 Nature vs. Nurture: Growing Up Apart Identical Twins more similar in Extraversion (degree to which one is outgoing) Neuroticism (the degree to which one is emotionally stable) Abilities Traits Interests Separated Twins A number of studies compared identical twins reared separately from birth, or close thereafter, and found numerous similarities o Personality, intelligence o Abilities, attitudes o Interests, fears, o Brain waves, heart rate Biological vs. Adoptive Parents: Adoption studies suggest that adoptees tend to be different from their adoptive parents and siblings. PRS Temperament and Heredity Temperament refers to a person’s stable emotional reactivity and intensity. Identical twins express similar temperaments, suggesting heredity predisposes temperament. Nature and Nurture Some human traits are fixed, such as having two eyes. However, most psychological traits are liable to change with environmental experience. Genes
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYCH 100 taught by Professor Cave during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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