In this learning pathway we will explore how genes and environment interact to shape behavior and mental processes. We will explore the basics of genetics, the nature vs. nurture debate, and the various ways in which the answer to the debate is “a little from column A, a little from column B.”



Dr. Dukewich provides a brief orientation to this learning pathway on genetic and environmental influences on our behavior.

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Pathway Learning Outcomes

By the end of this learning pathway you should be able to:

  • Summarize the basic components of genetics, including chromosomes and genes
  • explain the nature vs. nurture debate
  • explain epigenetics
  • distinguish the concept of genotype from phenotype
  • define behavioral genetics and recognize novel examples
  • compare and contrast behavioral genetics and molecular genetics
  • explain how experience influences with neural development