“It was wonderful to be involved with the NAMIwalk this year. The fact that so many people came together, despite the cool temperature, says a great deal about the community’s commitment to improving and growing mental health support for all of its members.” said Becky Kanitz, program coordinator at Wisconsin Department of Health Services. “It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of the event, and I was truly inspired by the great turnout.”
As we discover more about the role of genes in pre-determining who we are, the nature versus nurture debate seems headed for a tilt of the biological over the environmental.
When looking at the factors that influence children’s behaviour is important to take into consideration the nature versus nurture debate, MacLeod-Brudenell (2008) informs the reader that the term “nurture-nature debate” is to indicate two different perspectives; some propose views that genetic inheritance also known as nature influence children more that contextual factors or nurture....
Even though the focus of most psychologists today is on the interaction of nature and nurture, there are still some theoretical approaches that emphasize the importance of nurture. Ericsson, Nandagopal, and Roring (2005) argue for the nurture side of the debate. They argue that expert performance does not rely on an inherited talent or giftedness; rather, expert performance is the result of acquired abilities that have been developed through extended deliberate practice. Ericsson et al. (2005) argue that evidence supports the conclusion that, contrary to experts in a given domain being born, before one can perform expertly in a given domain he or she must have prolonged experience in that field. Furthermore, they point out that a person’s performance in a specific area improves gradually over time and with experience; even the performance of so-called child prodigies follows this pattern. Ericsson et al. also argue that the historical improvements in performance over the last 100 years support the conclusion that expert performance is not due to innate talent. They point out that if talent were genetic, then improvements in talent over the last 100 years would not be possible because genes would fix an upper limit on talent that could not change dramatically in so short a time period. So according to Ericsson et al., their expert-performance framework attributes differences in expert performance (even among so-called prodigies) to acquired cognitive and physiological changes that are the result of extended deliberate practice.
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Although psychology in the 21st century is a scientific field that has developed many methods to investigate psychological phenomena, and our understanding of development has become more sophisticated, the nature versus nurture debate remains very active. An example of part of this continuing debate that will exist for the foreseeable future is the heritability of intelligence. Since Galton and Goddard argued that intelligence is essentially inherited, there have been researchers who have supported this conclusion. Over the years aspects of this debate have become part of the more unseemly beliefs of racism. Not that those who conclude that intelligence is inherited are racist, but that conclusion has in the past been partly motivated by racist beliefs against immigrants. This should demonstrate how volatile the nature versus nurture debate can be and how potentially important and influential research findings in this area are. In 1994 Herrnstein and Murray argued that intelligence was indeed a general cognitive ability on which humans differ, that IQ scores do not fluctuate much over the life span, and most importantly, that intelligence is largely heritable. Although behavioral genetic research tends to support the conclusion that intelligence is indeed substantially influenced by nature, most researchers today emphasize an interactionist perspective that recognizes the importance of both nature and nurture even when perhaps a majority of a trait, like intelligence, might be attributable to nature.
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Naturally, the nature versus nurture debate relates to many controversies such as intelligence, gender identities, violent behaviors, and sexual orientation....
Essay about protecting our nature photos
Mark Twain's novel, "Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins" is a critical analysis of how nature and nurture can cultivate emotions and free will, which in turn affects the life of individuals.