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Psy 240 week 1 checkpoint Nature-Nurture Issueweek




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Pro-nature is based off of inherited traits that a person is born with. Pro-nurture means a
person can develop traits through experience and one’s environment. Pro-nature perspectives
concentrate on the genetic information with claims of that a person with certain genetics will be
better than the next and come out on top. Pro-nurture perspectives focus on that people can have
the same outcome if the environments are similar in nature.
It is flawed to ask how much of a particular behavior is due to genetics and how much is due
to experience due to the fact that scientists do not know everything in relations to genetics. It
states in our reading that it is based on the premise that genetic factors and experimental factors
combine in additive fashion. A better understanding is given explaining that it makes better sense
to understand how each contribute rather than how much each contribute. A good example of this
would be a person trying to study very hard to achieve a good grade has the same ability to get
good grades regardless of inherited traits, and environment.
It is appropriate to separate the contributions of genetics and experience when measuring the
development of differences among individuals due to the fact that the contributions of nature and
nurture are not additive (Pinel, 2007). It is also stated that heritability estimate depends on the
amount of both and cannot be applied to other kinds of situations.
Pinel, J.P.J. (2007). Basics of Biopsychology. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon

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