Teasing nature versus nurture effects:
The case of Autism
For this assignment, students will be required to access the article from the New York Times about recent research in the field regarding Autism (see Blackboard). This should enable students to access the article. In a 3-5 pages response paper that is typed, double spaced, and abides by APA citation standards students should answer the following questions:
- What is presented regarding the state of research into Autism’s causes today?
- Relate the discussion of the causes of Autism to the nature versus nurture debate as discussed in class
- How are twin studies being used to try to tease apart these influences?
- Based on this article, in your opinion, where does Autism fall on the nature versus nurture spectrum?
In addition to being graded based on content, this written response will also be graded based on coherency of the writing itself. Thus students will be expected to write in complete sentences, with proper grammar, spelling, etc. There should be an opening paragraph, body paragraphs that relate to one another theoretically, and then a final concluding paragraph that wraps up the discussion.
Anytime information from the article is used in your discussion it should be properly cited in text, and fully referenced at the end of the paper in a Works Cited page. This assignment is worth 20 Reflection points and is due on , October 8th, 2014. I do NOT accept assignments over email—a hard copy must be turned in to me in the beginning of the class period when the assignment is due.
The url for this article is: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/health/views/09klass.html?_r=0