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1 Which has more influence over how you behave-- Your genetic make-up? or Your environment?

2  Traits that we are born with, inherited from parents  Some evidence of traits prior to birth  Researchers study identical twins in order to compare their tendency toward inherited traits. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=524 0527n

3  Inherited traits are only half of the picture.  Family, friends, cultural group – all have influence on your personality.  Family – teaches how to behave, good or bad Modeling – copying the behavior of others  Friends / Peer group – childhood thru teenage years. Am. teens spend over 50% of their time with peers. Influence can be + or -.  Culture – each culture places different value on different traits.

4 http://video.answers.com/laurence-steinberg- on-the-nature-vs-nurture-debate-304230832  Neither! Personality is influenced by both.  The environment can determine what will “set off” those things we are genetically inclined towards.


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