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Genetics and Child Development

By July 3, 2012

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One of the oldest debates in psychology is known as the nature versus nurture debate, which centers on whether human development behavior is caused by genetic or environmental variables. Obviously, both have an enormous influence how how children grow. In addition to exerting their own influences, these variables also interact with one another.

genetics and child development

Genetics play an important part in determining how a child develops. While these genetics may lay out a basic blueprint for growth, they are also affected by environmental factors as well. For example, while a child's genetic code might be set for tallness, poor nutrition (an environmental variable) might prevent the child from reaching his full height.

How much of who you have become today can be attributed to your genetic inheritance, and how much can be attributed to all of your life experiences? We'll take a closer look at environmental influences in a future post. Click the following link to check out today's featured article where we'll further explore how genetics influence child development including influences on genetic expression and genetic abnormalities.

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