Nurture Over Nature

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Nature vs Nurture There has always been controversy over whether inherited genes or the environment influences and affects our intelligence, development, behavior, personality, and ability more then the other. This debate is recognized as nature verses nurture. Sure heredity gives us our physical traits like hair, height, eye color, etc, but the environment plays a greater role in shaping someone’s personality. From personal experience, I believe that nurture has made a bigger impact in my personality then nature. I refuse to believe that people are born with a personality; it all lies with ones up bringing and experiences. B.F. Skinner, a behaviorist, believed that each organism is a “blank slate” on which experience writes. Skinner’s teachings on operant conditioning are still studied to this day. He believed that the best way to understand behavior is to look at the causes of an action and its consequences. Through Skinner’s research, it helped prove that the most relevant was nurture because through conditioning and repetition one could teach animals to behave predictably. Another reason why I think the environment (nurture) has more influence on ones personality than heredity (nature), is because of John Watson. John Watson was an American psychologist and established the psychological school of behaviorism. With Watson’s “Little Albert” experiment, he helped prove that personality was molded by life experiences. In the experiment Watson took a nine month old boy, named Albert, and exposed him to a white rat. At first Albert wasn’t afraid of the rat, but after a while every time Albert would touch the rat Watson would make a loud noise behind his back. Albert cried as he heard the noise, this happened several times. The next day when Watson placed the white rat in front of Albert, he cried and crawled away. Albert had associated the white rat

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