Biological “Nature vs. Nurture” Study guide

Gordon Allport, Hans Eyesenck, Robert McCrae and Paul Costa, and Arnold Buss and

Robert Plomin

Standard Addressed:

Biological bases of behavior content standard #3

  • The interaction between biological factors and experience
    • Describe concepts in genetic transmission.
    • Describe the interactive effects of heredity and environment.

The test is in two parts – the first part is multiple choice and the second part is written.

Part 1 – 25 multiple choice questions

You need to know the following concepts:

Gordon Allport

  • Trait theory
  • Role of heredity in traits
  • Role of environment in traits

Hans Eyesenck

  • Extraversion vs. introversion
  • Neurotic vs. emotional stability
  • Psychoticism vs. impulse control

Twin Studies

  • Reasons for twin studies
  • Criticism of twin studies

Robert McCrae and Paul Costa

  • Stability
  • Extraversion
  • Openness
  • Agreeableness
  • Conscientiousness

Arnold Buss and Robert Plomin

  • Temperament
  • Emotionality
  • Activity
  • Sociability

Part 2 –Case study

You need to be able to do three things:

  1. Big Five factors of personality
  2. Development of personality
  3. Nature vs. Nurture argument

The test is on Wednesday, February 14th!

This power point shows trait theorists as well as the impact of twin studies

nature vs nurture

This power point shows how our biological clocks affect us

Biological Clocks

This is a personality test

Personality Test the cube