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Heredity and Environment
An essay on the effects of heredity, environment, genetics, shared and non-shared environmental experiences, and the correlations between heredity and environment.
# 119421 | 1,486 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 27, 2010 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Biology (Genetics)

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This paper discusses the correlations between environmental factors and hereditary and looks at how these factors together result in specific individual characteristics. As optimum individual development is of great concern to psychologists, educators, and mental health experts, the author explains how genetic research can help gain valuable insights into human behavior. However noting that the influence of one's environment on one's behavior, the paper concludes that apart from inherited genetic traits, the shared and non-shared environmental experiences that are a pert of the lives of all human beings play an important role in the development of their unique and distinctive personalities as part of the human cognitive developmental process.

Behavioral Genetics
Correlations between Heredity and Environment
Shared and Non-Shared Environmental Experiences

From the Paper:

"Agreement exists among most psychological science that both environment and heredity play a significant role in the development of human traits; however, disagreement does exist with regard to the extent of contribution of one or the other. Factors such as behavioral genetics are associated closely with the nature nurture argument, and involve the evaluation of the genetic, biological, and psychological effects on behavior and environmental conditions that affect that behavior. Research has provided strong evidence of the correlations between cognitive development, genetics and the role of environment as a factor in cognitive development."

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