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Questions tagged [nature-nurture]

For questions on the debate between innate or genetic factors (nature) versus environmental factors (nurture) in the cognitive sciences.

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Nature vs. Nurture

In the following I have 4 questions which I think are too interleaved to separate into 4 different posts. I hope it's not a duplicate, but I didn't find here similar posts. My understanding (as a ...
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What's a simple definition for reactive attachment disorder?

I read an article on Reactive Attachment Disorder. Here's what I know so far Reactive means to react in response to something. Action = reaction. Attachment is the act of bonding or connecting with ...
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Culture and/or personality influences on asking feeler questions

Are there studies looking at what influences the propensity for asking feeler questions, e.g. how much does personality (trait of some kind) influence this and how much does culture affect it? It ...
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If babies were isolated, would they develop their own language?

Let’s say that two or more babies/infants from the age of 0 were put in an environment without the affection of adults to teach them how to speak. Would the babies after 13 or so years develop their ...
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Is there a scientific term for “situational” differences in behaviour?

Sorry for giving this such a vague title, as it is slightly difficult to explain. The debate about differences in behaviour (say between the genders) is normally characterised as nature vs. nurture - ...
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Is there a way to test brain activity/aptitude on a measurable scale in order to identify a suitable occupational aptitude?

It seems individuals are able to adjust their cognitive aptitude to some degree nurture, controlled by various elements such as environment and conditioning. However they're stuck with their nature - ...
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Any study related to intimacy with nature and link with how it affects hormones or other chemical equations of brain?

I was looking for some research study that links activity/response of brain stimulated due to natural scenery (or walk but i guess that is more implausible situation just to track what is going on in ...
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How does architecture impact cognition and mental health?

Research indicates that scenic, natural environments positively impact human health and mental well-being [1][2]. But what about the impact of man-made architecture and various architectural styles on ...
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Is the Flynn effect in conflict with other studies of intelligence heritablity?

Studies comparing identical and fraternal twins, or occasionally identical twins reared apart have mostly concluded that there is a pretty high heritability of IQ. These studies, in particular the ...
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What are some examples of controversial themes in psychology?

There are a number of themes that are controversial (provoke debate, are unsettled, polarize opinion, or are reflected by a range of positions) in psychology. One example involves nature vs. nurture: ...
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How similar are the brains of twins?

I am currently reading undergraduate essays on biological dysfunction and schizophrenia. The students put a lot of weight in the fact that studies of monozygotic twins show only a 50% rate of ...
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Does heritability define the person in terms of the population?

I recently read a statement that goes like this: heritability is a population construct. Isn't heritability dependent on genetic differences? Can someone provide an example of what it means to be a ...
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What is the concordance rate for schizophrenia in monozygotic and dizygotic twins?

What is general level of concordance for twins and is it higher for monozygotic twins? What research is available on this?
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Is handwriting style heritable?

My daughter (11), wife, and mother in-law all have extremely similar handwriting. Why is this? Is handwriting a inheritable trait?
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The Dark Triad Abnormal Development or Base Human Nature?

I propose the concept, that human beings, as animals have the same instincts as other animals. Even though we are social animals, we still have the basic nature of fight and flight and we teach ...
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Is religiousness a genetically heritable feature?

I know that parent beliefs have very strong influence on child, but is it possible that genetic factor also play a role? I doubt that the content of any religion could be heritable through genes nor ...
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How much information on the “Identical Strangers” experiment was actually released?

I am in the process of researching the Nature vs. Nurture debate. While I was searching for articles on it, I discovered something known as the "Identical Strangers" experiment (that probably was ...
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What are the main causes of whether a person becomes introverted or extraverted?

Genetics is obviously an important cause of whether someone becomes extraverted or introverted. But what percentage is genetics and what percentage is the environment? What factors in the environment ...
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What is the term for a psychological effect which does not have a neurobiological/genetic basis?

When a psychological condition is the result of irregular brain structures or neurotransmitter imbalances we say the condition has a neurobiological basis; this is analogous to the classic Nature in ...