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Nature and Nurture

"[Nature] may be referred to as the genes that are pre-wired and influences the innate characters irrespective of [an individual's] place of birth. Nurture, on the other hand, is related to the learned aspects of nature, i.e., influences of exposures of the surrounding environment directly or indirectly on the behavior of an individual" (Introduction section, para. 2). 

Srivastava, S., Gautam, K., Kumar, S., & Singh, P. (2020). Nature versus nurture. In Vonk, J., Shackelford, T. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of animal cognition and behavior. Springer Nature. 


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Suggested Search Words

nature AND nurture

"nature vs. nurture"

"nature or nurture"

(genes OR genetics) AND environment

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(genes OR genetics OR nature) AND (nurture OR environment) 

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