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Unformatted text preview: The Biology of Psychology Part C
G & H Chapters 3 & 4 Nature vs. Nurture... Basic question: Instinct vs. Learned behavior Is a particular trait, characteristic, or behavior caused/influenced by biological factors or environmental factors? Where does brown hair come from? Where does blue hair come from? Athletic ability? Artistic ability? Sexual Preference (heterosexual vs. homosexual)? 1 Nature vs. Nurture:
the ever present issue Instinct vs. Learned behavior 2 things have feed the debate...
1. Growth of knowledge about genetics 2. Greater appreciation for the impact of experience/learning Which one is most important?
BOTH (nobody really argues with this...) Debate over RELATIVE contribution e.g. Schizophrenia, personality development Nature vs. Nurture... 2 things have feed the debate...
1. Growth of knowledge about genetics 2. Greater appreciation for the impact of experience/learning How do you resolve this sort of question? When is it nature, when is nurture? Can it be both? If both nature & nurture, how much of each? The Naturalistic Fallacy (or Mother Nature knows best): The way things are is the way it was meant to be, or needs to be, or be, should be. Why doubt mother nature? 2 Nature vs. Nurture... Mobius Strip analogy: The interaction between nature and nurture is a two way street. This has lead some t...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Nolan during the Spring '08 term at CUNY Queens.
- Spring '08