Paper on Amnesia or Nature vs. Nurture Controversy

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Application: Paper on Amnesia or Nature vs. Nurture Controversy

For this week’s Assignment, you write a paper on one of the three topics listed below. The first two topics deal with different types and causes of amnesia. The last topic involves analyzing the nature versus nurture controversy and proposing one resolution to this debate.

The Assignment:

Select one of the following topics and write a 5-page paper. Your paper must follow APA guidelines including proper citations of references:

  • Amnesia due to emotional trauma:
    There is scientific consensus that amnesia can be caused by head trauma and other organic causes. More controversial is amnesia caused by emotional trauma. There is little or no experimental evidence for the psychodynamic mechanism of repression. Yet movies portray this as a common event. Do you believe that amnesia can be caused by emotional trauma? What possible underlying mechanism would explain this phenomenon in neurologic terms? What doubts are cast by researches on the validity of psychological amnesia? You must address both the pros and cons of this issue and demonstrate critical thinking, not just advocating one position over the other. Support your paper using the current literature. You may wish to refer to this week’s optional learning resources as a starting point.
  • Amnesia in Korsakoff’s syndrome:
    Compare and contrast the amnesia associated with bilateral medial-temporal lobectomy and that associated with Korsakoff ’s syndrome. Support your paper using the current literature.
  • Nature vs. Nurture Controversy:
    Critically evaluate the nature versus nurture controversy and formulate one resolution to this debate. Use examples related to the topics covered in Weeks 4, through 6 in support of your evaluation.


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Controversy on Nature versus Nurture






Controversy on Nature versus Nurture

The debate about nature versus nurture has elicited a philosophical discussion which
questions their link to human behavior, personality and culture. Currently, global debates
revolve around the effects of genes on human predisposition, rather than the environmental
influence and development. There are also debates whether aspects of nature such as
inherited factors are more important than nurture, which is an environmental factor, in
mounding the phenotypes, and the debate that nature and nurture and inseparable and
depends on each other. It is against the backdrop of this case that this article seeks to examine
the controversy surrounding the debate between nurture versus nature.

Nature refers to life and phenomena of the physical world, and comprises all the
plants, animals, and genetic factors which may not be influenced by the humans, and persists
despite human intervention. The existence of the earth, solar eclipse, water lakes, Oceans, and
ecosystems, are aspects of nature. By contrast, nurture refers to specific attention, care and
the changes made on the environment, and the influence of human on the environment.
Darwin’s theory of evolution dictates that most organisms survive due to their capacity to
adapt in a specific environment, which is influenced by nature and nurture (Bronson, 2000).

According to Elder et al., (2009), the debate about nature and nurture involves the
extent to which particular behavioral aspects, are considered as a product of genetic and
acquired influences. Nature versus nurture debate places specific emphasis which affects
personality and human behavior, and the mental state of an individual, on genetic or the
environmental factors. The proponents of cognitive and behavioral psychologists, advocates
for the environment and external factors to an individual, while the proponents of bio medic
prefer the use of natural explanations. Howev...

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