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Nature-Nurture Issue

The Nature-Nurture Issue is one of if not the longest running debate since the science of psychology began...what makes us who we are and drives how we behave, our genes (nature) or our experiences (nurture)? For example, if a person commits a violent crime, did they do so because of their genetic makeup (i.e., Nature - they are genetically pre-wired to be violent) or because of their experiences (i.e., Nurture - growing up in an impovershed area, not getting a good education, no parental guidance or some other experience)? This is the nature-nurture debate.

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