Nature verses Nurture is concerned with what causes something to develop. It is a debate that decides if certain aspects of you as a person are from what you have been born with (genetics) or if the environment has affected you. Nature is the part where it is believed that characteristics are inherited down from the parents. The coding in each cell of us determine the different parts in us for example our eye colour. However, it is still unknown whether things like our personality, sexual orientation etc. are coded in our cells too. Examples of development effected by nature are… * What colour your hair is when you are born. Although you can die your hair, you are born with a natural colour. For example, a mother who is ginger will most likely have a ginger baby. * What colour your eyes are when you are born. Although you can wear contact lenses that change the colours of your eyes, you would have been born with one natural colour. For example a couple that both have blue eyes will highly unlikely have a baby with brown eyes.
* What colour your skin is which determines where you were born for example if you were born in Jamaica you’d be dark skinned. However white people may tan a lot (on holiday or sunbeds) but they were still most likely born pale unless they have genes in them from their parents like Spanish, Italian etc. * What shoe size you are. This varies as you get older (get bigger) however once you have reached a certain size, you won’t grow anymore. If a couple both have very large feet, the child will most likely have large feet too. * Diseases/illnesses. If a mother has HIV, it will be passed down to the baby therefore the baby will be born with it and have that disease. * The height you will reach. Tall parents will most likely produce a taller child, small parents will most likely produce a smaller child. * If you are left or right handed. When a child first starts writing, they will naturally just pick up the pen with a certain hand and write/ draw with it, it will most likely be instinct to use that certain comfortable hand. Nurture is the part where it is believed that the person has been affected by the environment they are in.
It can be from being influenced by friends, family, where they live and experiences. Examples of development effected by nurture are… * Hair colour. More so girls than boys, when seeing other girls on television or friends dying their hair a certain colour, it becomes a trend which they then follow. * What people decide to wear. More so in teenagers, fashion plays a big part, again from following fashion icons and friends. For example ‘chavs’. * What people’s hobbies/ interests are. For example if an older brother plays football, the younger brother will most likely follow those footsteps and play football. * Someone’s personality. For example if a few individuals are quite sarcastic in the friendship group, it is very likely that that will impact on other individuals and they will start to pick up and become sarcastic too. * What your religion is and what you believe.
If you have been brought up in a family of Muslims, you will most likely be a Muslim yourself and believe similar beliefs. * What you aspire to. Having an idol, for example a famous football, you will aspire to be like them and get to where they are therefore being a famous footballer is your aspiration because of that idol. * What class you are. For example living in a very high class community, it is very doubtful that you would be someone who is lower class, vice versa. * If you have habits. For example picking up on things from friends like saying certain swear words quite often. * What language you speak in/ what accent you have. This is determined by where you live. An example is if you live in Birmingham, you will have a Birmingham accent, if you live in Scotland, you will have a Scottish accent and if you live in Spain, you will speak in the Spanish language.