Developmental Psychology and the Nature vs. Nurture Debate

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Developmental Psychology and the Nature vs. Nurture Debate
Abstract
One of the most fascinating questions that arises in developmental psychology is “Which factor plays the more important role in human development: nature or nurture?” This paper explores the origins of the nature vs. nurture debate and how the debate has played out over the past century. It will discuss how experts in the fields of psychology, sociology, biology, and neuroscience are attempting to bridge the gaps between their respective disciplines to create a unified, holistic, and all-encompassing view of human development that embraces both nature and nurture as key components.
Developmental Psychology and the Nature vs. Nurture Debate
I believe that one of the most...
The end:
..... that the debate of nature vs. nurture will continue throughout the twenty first century. It behooves the public to keep abreast of the developments in this debate since they not only shape our conceptions of the human experience but can also shape public policy and the ways in which we live our everyday lives.
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