In the field of developmental psychology, the highly controversial debate of nature versus nurture remains one of the most convoluted of all time. The phrase "Nature Versus Nurture" originated from the English polymath, Francis Galton, who in 1869 was convinced that intellectual ability was substantially inherited and that the inclination for “genius” to run in families was the consequence of a natural superiority (Galton was actually related to Charles Darwin). The term "nature" refers to the influence of inherited characteristics while "nurture" talks about the impact of one’s environment in human development. On one hand, there is a group that believes human beings behave the way they do due to their genetic predisposition. This group is usually made up of scientists because of the biology and chemistry involved.
Introduction: In the attempt to explain human behaviour, one of the oldest debates in psychology is the issue of nature versus nurture. This debate revolves around the extent to which genetic inheritance and external environmental factors affect human behaviour. At one end there are the nativists which believe that human differences are based of genetic codes. On the other hand, there are the empiricists who believe the human mind at birth is a blank slate and is eventually “filled” by experience.
The theory of evolution by natural selection and the evidence presented by Darwin. The evolution of biological organisms describes the changes within different populations which creates variability in their phenotypes and genotypes. The fundamental basis of evolution, is that every living individual is related by a common ancestor (Strickberger,2000.). Charles Darwin, in 1859, published one of the most credible and compelling theories of evolution, in his book ‘the origin of species’ (Darwin and Beer, 2008), which best explains the theory of natural selection.
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But, is this kind of stereotype true and existed? Well, let’s put this question on a clear perspective, factually and realistically. From a psychological perspective, this could be true. Based on literally hundreds of psychological statistics, there are three main reasons why grandparents are ideologically more conservative than the younger generation. Firstly, grandparents have a lower level of intellectual curiosity and openness to experience.
Ch. 2 DBQ: Nature vs. Nurture The long-running Nature versus nurture debate is whether human behavior is determined by the environment, either prenatal or during a person 's life, or by a person 's genes. Nature is what we think of as pre-wiring and is influenced by genetic inheritance and other biological factors. Nurture is generally taken as the influence of external factors on conception e.g. the product of exposure, experience and learning on an individual.
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Nature versus Nurture is one of the oldest debates within psychology that has been going on for centuries. The debate of nature versus nurture is focused on whether the behavior of a particular individual is inherited through genes and other biological factors or it is acquired through influences of external factors such as product of exposure, conditioning and or experiences (McLeod, 2007). The Nature theory is thought of as pre-wiring whichdetermines the genetics that are inherited such as eye colour, pigmentation of skin and even certain diseases are all of the things that get inherited through birth. Other physical characteristics such as height and weight are not as strongly influenced by the genetic make-up because they are also influenced by lifestyle choices (McLeod, 2007).
One of the oldest arguments in the history of psychology is the Nature vs Nurture debate. We know that both nature and nurture play important roles in human development, but we have not known yet whether we are developed majorly because of nature or due to nurture. Nature is the coding of genes in each cell in us humans that determines the different traits that we have, such as eye color, hair color, height, and many other traits. The nurture theory holds that genetic influence over abstract traits may exist; however, the environmental factors are the real origins of our behavior. This includes the use of conditioning in order to induce a new behavior to a child, or alter an unlikely behavior being shown by the child.
The struggle for existence is a widely known concept, and a term famously used by Charles Darwin in his writings. The struggle for existence refers to the many organisms on Earth and their constant competition with each other. One of the many ways life struggles with each other is overpopulation. Overpopulation is when one species grows rapidly or more than normal, over some short amount of time. In one of Darwin’s writings, we have to “... give it some advantage over a different set of competitors or enemies.”
In the nature vs. Nurture argument, we are trying to determine if Nature or Nurture has a bigger role of the development of a child. In my opinion, I think that nature has the bigger role in the development in a child. I believe that it 's in your gene whe you are conceived. In an experiment, two twins were split up at birth and then were joined at the age of 30. When you look at the personality trait of the twins raised in different home were very much alike.
Since the dawn of psychology, the nature vs. nurture argument has been outstandingly prevalent in the study humankind, and the study other animals. The phrase nature vs nurture relates to the relative importance of an individual 's innate qualities, compared to an individual 's personal experiences and how either of these affect individual differences, especially in behavioral traits. Project Nim was an experiment conducted on a chimpanzee to discover whether he could learn and comprehend human sign language. Started on November 19th, 1973, the experiment was led by Herbert S. Terrace of Columbia University. The Experiment lasted nearly 4 years, however, even though Nim learned 125 signs, a plethora of violent incidents and particularly one final incident in 1977 concluded the experiment.
Physical features, although unique in some measure, are proven to be acquired from the biological parents of any organism. The Nature v. Nurture debate relates to humans and how they develop their unique behavioral habits. Many who support the Nature Theory endorse essentially that a person’s intelligence, personality, aggression, and sexual orientation pertain primarily to their DNA stemmed from their biological parents (Powell). For example, if someone’s parents are depressed or violent, the Nature Theory supporters conclude that their offspring will also bear these negative these traits.
The nature side of the historic dispute says that we all come from somewhere, and that somewhere is the gene. On the other side Nurture, says that we are who we are today because of our experiences and interactions that have been built over many years. We may inherit blueprints, but all else follows from the interactions of the individual 's genetic code with her/his environment (French, 2003). Identical twins illustrate how nature and nurture work together to develop further. A study has
Darwin is also commonly credited with writing the ideas of natural selection, variation/adaptation, and evolution. His studies are the foundation of modern evolutionary studies. Darwin 's studies were also used to justify some major wars, saying that natural selection was taking place in humans and the weak will die and only the strongest will survive. Otto von Bismarck was a 19th century, Prussian, politician. He is most commonly associated with the unification of Germany.