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Heredity and HormonesThe Influence of Heredity and Hormones on Human BehaviorBrenda Madsen-PedersonAxia College of the University of PhoenixIntroduction to Behavior Science / BEH 225Stacey RussNovember 13, 20081Heredity and Hormones2Heredity is defined as the biological similarity of offspring and parents. At conception,every embryo is gifted genes from each parents gene pool to create another human being.Genetics tells us that we inherit traits through the donors genes. Good genes or bad genes, thesegenes will be combined and become traits of the fetus. In time, the fetus becomes a human beingexposed to all elements of life which will in turn affect ones behavior. Genetics alone do notcontrol ones behavior. Hormones contribute to behavior as well. Hormones are powerfulsubstances secreted by the endocrine glands, including the thyroid gland, pineal gland, pituitarygland, and adrenal glands, which are carried through the blood stream to affect other parts of thebody. Heredity and hormones together influence human behavior.Behavioral development begins at conception. Genes from each parent contribute to theintelligence, temperament, talents, and

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