22/04/2021

Categories: Psychology, Postgraduate

The Biggest Psychological Debate - What's Your Take?

There are a lot of great debates in psychology. However, many would agree that one of the most contested is the nature or nurture debate. The nature versus nurture debate is all about the extent to which certain elements of behaviour are a product of acquired influences, i.e. those we have learned, or inherited, by genetics. So, let’s explore the nature nurture debate in psychology further.

What Do Nature and Nurture Mean?

The question of nature or nurture is something that will probably be debated until the end of time. Nature refers to what we think of as pre-wiring. Genetic inheritance influences nature, as well as other biological factors. Nurture, on the other hand, is considered as the influence of external factors after conception, for example, life experiences.

The Nature of Nurture

Nurture will assume that the links between environmental factors and psychological outcomes are caused environmentally. For instance, how well a child can read will be linked to how often the child’s parents read to them. Nevertheless, behavioural genetics argue that what appears to be an environmental effect is typically a reflection of genetic differences. This is where the argument fundamentally lies. However, we have extended beyond the stage of simply championing one corner over the other. Rather, it is the interaction between the two that is really fascinating psychologists today.

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An Exciting Area of Debate and Investigation

There have been some fascinating debates in psychology, and there always will be. This is why it has become such a popular and exciting field of study. But, where are we right now in this field? Well, behavioural genetics have given those in psychology the ability to quantify the relative contribution of nurture and nature with reference to certain psychological traits.

Rather than purely defending extreme nature or nurture views, many of the psychological researchers today are concerned with delving deeper into the interaction between nurture and nature in a number of different qualitative ways. For instance, one area of emerging research is that of epigenetics. Epigenetics shows how environmental influencers can impact gene expression. This is certainly an exciting field to get involved in and studying a postgraduate course in psychology would enable you to explore research areas like this in much greater depth.

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Apply for a Course in MSc Psychology at the University of Bolton

If the thought of debating topics like nature or nurture sound appealing to you, you should definitely explore the possibility of furthering your education with the University of Bolton.

By studying a postgraduate MSc Psychology course, you will be able to progress your knowledge further, participating in many exciting debates in psychology which could enhance your understanding of this complex subject, helping you on your journey to secure a career in this fascinating field.

Here at the University of Bolton, we pride ourselves on our passionate and experienced lecturers, as well as our supportive community, ensuring that you have the best possible chance of a successful career in psychology.

If you would like to find out more about studying at the University of Bolton, and you have any queries about our courses or our facilities, you can find out more at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk.

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