Nature Vs Nurture Debate

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Nature vs. Nurture The nature versus nurture debate is one of the oldest debates in psychology. The nature aspect, which is the more scientific theory of the two, is the idea that genes have a greater impact on a person’s development. The nurture aspect is centered around if a person’s environment has a more significant impact on a person’s development. Scientists know for a fact that eye color, hair color, height, and other similar traits are in our genetic makeup. However, there is no way for scientists to tell if intelligence, personality, likes and dislikes, and sexual orientation is coded in a person’s DNA. The biggest studies that people who debate on this theory look at are ones where twins are separated at birth.
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On the nature side, behavior can be explained by how a person’s brain is wired to act a certain way. Depression, for example, is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Depression affects a person’s behavior in many ways. Depression is a biological explanation of why some people are anxious, irritable, have loss of interest, and general feelings of sadness. However, take for example the Ferguson, Missouri riots that occurred in August of 2014. According to the Buchanan of the New York Times, the town of Ferguson came together due to a local teen getting shot by a local police officer. However, the town did not come together in a well behaved manner. The town broke out in riots and civil unrest. The protests began the day after the shooting occurred, which all started with one person. If the environment around those people in Ferguson would have been calmer, the riots and city-wide lootings might not have been a result of the shooting. This could very well be an example of the nurture side of the debate because it shows that surroundings in the environment can affect how a person reacts to a situation. Behavior can be shown in both aspects of nature and nurture, as can …show more content…
Nancy was extremely involved in the community and did everything she could to help out the younger girls in her home town of Holcomb. For example, Nancy got a call one afternoon from a young girl in the town, Jolene. Jolene’s mother asks if Nancy could teach Jolene how to bake a cherry pie. When Nancy realizes that she has many other things to do that day, including helping another young girl, Roxie, with her trumpet solo. Her father, Herb Clutter was like that as well, actively involved in the community and was always helping others. For instance, Mr. Clutter drives a friend, Mrs. Ashida home from a 4-H meeting that was in Garden City. Mr. Clutter shows that he will go out of his way to help a friend. Nancy more than likely observed her father acting that way and wanted to act that way as well. Nancy and her father Herb are excellent examples of the nurture aspect of

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