Introduction to Psychology and the study of human behaviour.

Nature vs nurture discussion

  •  What did your nature vs. nurture activity tell you?
  • Did you disagree with your parents on some parts?
  • Can you come up with a general correlation or rule?
  • Why do we need to consider ethics when conducting psychological studies?

Part 2:

twin studies nature vs. nurture.

Watch the following clip on twins separated at birth, then answer the following questions:

  1. Looking at twin studies and what they tell us.   What conclusion can we make from studying twins? How does this relate to you?
  2. What unethical decision was responsible for the situation described in this video?
  3. Can you think of situation when it might be justified to be unethical in the pursuit of scientific knowledge of genetics or evolution?
  4. What is the most powerful evidence in this video that nature is more influential than nurture in explaining, predicting, or understanding human behavior?

Here is a more detailed video of the twin girls separated at birth.  Summarize the findings of twin studies and what they can tell us about the nature vs. nurture debate.

Next: In groups we will read about the psychology of human relationship and present the following answers to the rest of the class:

  • Group 1: Explain reading 8.1  and explain prosocial behaviour and altruism (.p.252) and answer Q1 on p. 253
  • Group 2:Explain reading 8.1 and explain prosocial behaviour and altruism (.p.252) and answer Q1 on p. 253
  • Group 3: Explain the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis and answer Q2 on p. 254
  • Group 4:  Explain the Batson et al. study and the kin selection hypothesis and answer question 3 on p. 256

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