Relationship Between Nature And Nurture

1262 Words Sep 23rd, 2014 6 Pages
Crystal Joseph
There are 7 major perspectives in psychology. Compare and contrast how these perspectives would explain the relationship between nature and nurture in the psychological development of humans.

Nurture versus nature is a common argument on how people psychologically develop. Although some support that innate characteristics are the crucial factor towards how people mentally advance, the environment we live in and the people we are surrounded by does play a significant role in how we progress. Aspects of nature and nurture are observed in each of the current psychological perspectives, but how each one helps with the psychological development of humans can be similar yet different. Neuroscience is a psychological perspective that focuses on the interaction between the brain and the body and the neural relay of messages throughout the body. In nature, the brain releases different messages to provide emotions for people. For example, the brain sometimes releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects a person’s attitude and arousal (Myers, 2010). In terms of nurture, the way people are raised and how they interact with the environment certainly affects their brain. For example, the broken windows theory mentions how abandoning the environment can promote criminal activities. In The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Gladwell explains how human behavior is sensitive and easily affected by the environment, and the broken window theory…
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