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Does Nature or Nurture Affect Moral Development?

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Discuss the nature versus nurture controversy and how those views explain a child's moral development.

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The nature vs. nurture debate is one of the most enduring in the field of psychology. In the nature vs. nurture debate, "nature" refers to the things a child is born with. DNA, genes, physical appearance, disposition, and heredity are all part of nature. "Nurture" refers to how the child was raised. Things like environment, routines, expectations of family members and friends, and diet are all part of nurture. Today, it is commonly accepted that most aspects of a child's development are a combination of both nurture and nature.

You asked about how genetics (nature) and the environment (nurture) affect the development of a person's personality and moral development. There are several studies that support the impact genetics have on personality. One concerns the gene GTF2I. Everybody has this gene, "but children born with a one of the variants of the GTF2I gene have a strong desire to make eye contact and seek social interactions." (University of Utah Health Sciences) ...

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The nature vs. nurture debate is one of the most enduring in the field of psychology. Which contributes more to a child's development... heredity or environment? This answer looks at the long-standing debate and offers some modern research and studies that will help to clear up this mystery, particularly in terms of a person's moral development.

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