List of arguments for the nature vs nurture debate

Assignment: Nature versus Nurture: Contributions to Behaviour

Part 1: Make a list of arguments for the nature vs. nurture debate on a topic you will select below (e.g., aggression). You should include 4 for each side for a total of 8 arguments. You need to ensure that these arguments are scientific in nature and not simply your opinion.

Part 2: Write a short paper in Microsoft Word outlining your opinion on this debate: which side seems more convincing to you? Your opinion should be based on the arguments you have outlined and you should come to a conclusion. If appropriate, your should define your topic (your textbook defines most of the topics below). Your assignment should be approximately 2 pages double-spaced: ½ page for your list of arguments and approximately 1-1½ pages for your point of view. You should NOT use any direct quotes in your assignment- reword the information in your own words and cite accordingly.

You will be evaluated on your reasoning skills (i.e., the arguments you put forth are logical and based in fact) and NOT on whether I agree with the position you take. You should (at minimum) use your textbook as a source to find evidence and cite this in a properly-formatted APA reference page; any additional sources should come from the library and NOT from the internet (the library website and Google Scholar are okay to use). Be sure to also appropriately cite your sources throughout your assignment. See the example assignment I posted on DC Connect. Choose one of the following topics. You can NOT complete your assignment on the topic of serial killers.

  • aggression
  • obesity/eating disorders
  • depression
  • musical ability
  • intelligence
  • self-esteem
  • athletic abilities
  • altruism
  • addiction/alcoholism
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