Nature vs. Nurture

So, how much is behavior based on Nature vs. Nurture? KQED wants to find out. While we have natural-born characteristics (nature), there are also ones that we develop through our own personal experience and environment. While scientists know that both help influence our character, it is not always obvious which traits are derived from nature and which are from nurture.

The following is a snipet of KQED’s thought-provoking article:

“A recent article rom the Wall Street Journal states that environmental sensitivity is directly attributable to genetic factors. These scientists have categorized people into two general groups: the orchids, whose behaviors are much more susceptible to environmental factors, and the dandelions, who are relatively less affected by external factors. These differences in environmental sensitivity are due to variations in genes that regulate dopamine production, such as DRD4. Those who produce less dopamine – the orchids – have a tendency to wilt under stringent and negative conditions and to flourish under stable and positive conditions.”

Based on the article, I created a meme featuring classmate Emily Wang as a model. If you do not understand the connection between Nature and Nurture, I highly recommend reading the article again.

Nature vs. Nurture Meme


1 Comment

  1. Very funny! As a Developmental Psychologist, the nature/nuture debate has historically been one of the key tensions in my field. It seems that Emily is using the tensions that still revolve around that debate to her absolute best advantage. Good work, Emily…

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