The Physical Brain and the Incorporeal Mind

Where nature and nurture intersect to create human behavior is as evasive a locality as where the physical brain and metaphysical consciousness intersect to create human thought, if such an intersection exists at all. The discussion of just such an intersection has occupied much of philosophy past, psychology past, and present, and anticipates the biopsychology... Continue Reading →

Life Span Development and Personality

Freud and unconscious conflict, Pavlov and learning, Darwin and natural selection; all of these great men of science developed theories to explain the world around us and within us. They did not, however, develop these theories outside the context of their surroundings, their upbringing, or their own personalities. President-elect Barack Obama will soon become the... Continue Reading →

The Nature-Nurture Issue

Why is it flawed to ask how much of a particular behavior is due to genetics and how much is due to experience? It is nonsensical to ask how much genetics and experience contribute to human behavior because they collectively supply the basis for behavior. In the text, I particularly liked the illustration of the... Continue Reading →

Psychological Explanation of Behavior

What are some of the ways that Psychologists attempt to explain human behavior? One of the major debates within the field of Psychology is the degree to which nature versus nurture shapes human behaviors and traits. What comprises our nature? How would you define nurture? How would you describe the interaction between genetic potential, environmental... Continue Reading →

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