Nature Vs. Nurture: Human Development

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Thesis: Human development has been regarded as one of the most highly controversial topics in the world. This debate is labeled nature versus nurture. The controversy centers on the premise that our personality, behavior, intelligence, and feelings are either genetically inherited, or environmentally earned; that we are innate creatures born with our personalities, or that they are learned by experiences and time. We are born with our personalities, but our behaviors are learned through experience and shaped thru time. Barbara Latten: "I think that inherently we are who we are. However, I do believe our environment whether it be our home, extended family, or neighborhood tends to shape how we think and our world view, and how we respond. Some people can rise above environmental obstacles due to the strength of their genetic traits." Outline I.) Introduce psychology. II. Psychology definition: Psychology is the science of the mind and behavior. (Nordqvist, 1) III. Origin and beginning of psychology. a.) Wilhelm Wundt b.) 1879 c.) Set up first laboratory that conducted studies regarding behavior and genetics at Leipzig University d.) known as the father of psychology. III. In a philosophical context psychology was around thousands of years ago in ancient Greece, Egypt, India, Persia and China. Medieval Muslim psychologists and doctors had a more clinical and experimental approach to psychology - they were the

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