Nature or Nurture – a third angle to look at it

September 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Nature or Nurture was one of the first things I learned in my psychology classes. It’s one of the biggest debates in our scientific field and raises the question of the origin of our personality. Why do we behave the way we do, how did we get these certain characteristics of ours? Is it because of our genes or because of our environment? Should we chose carefully the partner we will have kids with or better what we will surround our children with?

I learned about several experiences according to this topic, one of the most famous being the rat experiment by Tyron, who was checking the differences that enriched vs. restricted environments had on offsprings of bright versus dull rats. His findings showed a tendency towards genes influencing our personality and behavior instead of simply our environment.

But up until today there have always been findings for one or the other side and a concrete answer is still missing (well, if there even is one at all).

Recently I found this article Nature or Nurture – Is all about the messagea  study on the topic conducted by the Michigan State University. The researchers state letting a person know that intelligence evolves from environmental factors and therefore you do have a chance influencing it by working harder makes people success way more than telling them it’s simply genetics. Sounds logical, right?

This helps me to put some of my thoughts into words. Also I think that it doesn’t matter too much whether it is genetics or the environment. It is more important in what way we receive it and what we make out of it!

What do you think? Do you agree or have a total different opinion (even if you are not really into psychology, I think this is still something that concerns us all….)?

Well, have a wonderful Tuesday and talk to you again tomorrow with something lighter, I promise :)!!


P.S.: If you want to read on, here is the full citation of the study I am referring to:

Hans S. Schroder, Tim P. Moran, M. Brent Donnellan, and Jason S. Moser. (2014). Mindset induction effects on cognitive control: A neurobehavioral investigation. Biological Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.08.004

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