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?
Watch the following clip on twins separated at birth, then answer the following questions:
- Looking at twin studies and what they tell us. What conclusion can we make from studying twins? How does this relate to you?
- What unethical decision was responsible for the situation described in this video?
- Can you think of situation when it might be justified to be unethical in the pursuit of scientific knowledge of genetics or evolution?
- 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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