Nature vs Nurture Paper

I’m studying and need help with a Psychology question to help me learn.

When it comes to child development, there have been many debates on how nature, nurture, or a combination of both affect a child’s development. In a 5-6 page APA paper, analyze how both the environment (nurture) and genetics (nature) can either have a positive or negative effect on a child. Once you choose a topic, your goal will be to debate both sides of the argument (nature vs. nurture). For example, if you choose physical development as your topic, you will need to choose at least two theories/arguments that support how nature (theory/argument #1) and nurture (theory/argument #2) influence a child’s physical development. You will also include a case study/child example that will support one of your theories/arguments discussed.


Prenatal development

Personality development

Socioemotional development

Physical development

Perceptual development

Cognitive development

STEP 2 Choose at least two theories/arguments BELOW. You will need at least one to support each side of the argument

John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory

Albert Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory

Jean Piaget Theory of Cognitive Development

Mary Ainsworth Attachment Theory

B.F. Skinner’s Theory of Operant Conditioning

John B. Watson (classical conditioning)

Harry Harlow’s Attachment Theory

Noam Chomsky’s Theory of Language Acquisition

Sigmund Freud’s Psychosexual Stage Theory

Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Stage Theory

STEP 3 Choose a case study/child example to discuss

Little Albert

Genie (feral child)

Twin Studies

Beth Thomas (child of rage)

Things to know:

1. This EXTRA CREDIT paper is worth 10 points.

2. The assignment will be typed and double-spaced in APA FORMAT

3. You are required to include 3 scholarly sources or more in your paper (i.e. journal articles, web pages, books, videos, etc.).

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