Nature vs Nurture debate

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  • Nature and Nurture
    • Looks at the importance of genetics over experience in the development of behaviour.
    • Research: Infant studies show that children's behaviour is largely related to genetic pre-dispositions. Adopted children studies show that their behaviour is more a result of environment.
    • Strengths and weaknesses: makes us consider what makes each of us unique.     It polarises the argument as if the answer is either nature or nurture when in fact it is a combination of both.
    • Applications: Chaney showed that children with asthma can be encouraged to take their medication through having a more rewarding experience with the funhaler.
    • Similarities and differences to other debates: Links to issues within the freewill and determinism debate because behaviour is largely controlled by genetic influences.

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