A Child's Development: Nature Vs. Nurture

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The human experience starts at birth and ends with death. One of the greatest debates throughout the era of modern psychology is nature vs. nurture. Understanding what makes a person the way they are can be controversial. Some argue that a person’s genetic makeup strictly dictates who that person will become, while others believe the way they are raised, no matter their genetics, makes them who they are. Both the environment a child is raised in and their genetic makeup will dictate the individual’s intelligence. The idea of the great effect of environment upon intelligence is as popular as the genetic determination stance. While the fact that genes do directly correspond with intelligence, through hard work and dedication, increasing brainpower …show more content…
This is best seen through studies with adopted children, parents and siblings. Studies support the argument that both influences a child’s development. However, studies prove that an adopted child’s IQ will most likely depend upon environmental factors as opposed to the genetic connection with their biological parents. As a result the adopted child will possess an IQ closer in range to their adoptive parents instead of their biological parents. (Mcdevitt, T.M.) The origins of genetic and behavioral characteristics have been historically pondered. Family members look to relatives to find similarities and common traits. Genetic traits dictate the uniqueness in our personalities, but can be influenced and modified by our surroundings, endeavors and experiences. (Moore …show more content…
A very important influence upon someone’s intelligence is their environment in terms of their own dedication to hard work and perseverance. This can be achieved through the presence of a clean, organized and structured atmosphere of learning. Furthermore advanced technology and the availability of it provide students the opportunity to excel. In this environment students can influence their own future and raise their level of intelligence. (Kovas, Yulia and Plomin.) If you can change the environment by reform of parenting skills, the school system, media outlets and social interaction, the individual can be changed as well. The learning environment could be improved so that everyone could benefit and advance. (Pinker

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