The Nurture side of the debate
Nature vs. Nurture a debate that has been discussed for centuries. When it comes to how we behave it is evident that nurture plays a much larger role. Firstly, when a child is born they have the potential ability to communicate and to walk but it is human interaction that teaches them these tasks. Secondly no human is born being a genius everyone is capable of being very smart but it is how are raised that brings out this trait. Lastly genes do not determine your personality traits but how you are raised.
The human brain develops when a child is very young. If a child is not nurtured and loved by humans the brain will not develop properly. Feral children are a great example of this. One of the most famous examples that have been documented discusses a young girl who was raised by dogs. In an article it reads, “In 1991, Oxana ...view middle of the document...
Everyone has the potential to be a genius it is our culture and how we are nurtured that determines this trait. If a child is brought up into a family with guardians that are not strict about grades and does not motivate their child to do well the child will not want to succeed. An example of culture playing a part in this debate is the Chinese culture. In article on parenting science reads, “in a recent study of American tenth graders found that Asian-Americans outperformed all other ethnic groups in math and science.” It is not because they are born smart it is because they are raised with the culture and parents that motivate them to achieve a high IQ.
A child is not born knowing that stealing is bad. It is negative reinforcement that teaches a child that stealing is bad. The same goes for criminals, no one is born a criminal it is their upbringing that determines this. If a child is brought up in a violent household they are likely to be violent. For example a study was done with a set of identical twins. The twins were separated at birth and raised by two different families. “It was observed that adopted children are as aggressive as their adoptive parents rather than their biological parents.” The results show that it is the child’s environment and the people around them determine their personality traits.
Nurture is a very important when it comes to our behavior, personality and brain development. We are not born knowing how to make people laugh, steal or having a high IQ. It is our environment that determines our behavior.
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