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Psyc 100 - Intro Psych

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Biological Genetic Markers Thursday September 19 2013 2 06 PM General Objectives A How broad a genetic influence is B Understanding different types or methods Some questions raised by genetics psychology What is the nature of human nature What are people like at birth Philosophical models that attempt answer such questions A John Locke Tabula Rasa blank slate Immediately at birth the human being doesn t have any tendencies at all It s just a bundle of electrical chemical activity and it s waiting for the environment to work on it in many ways At the moment of birth we are all exactly the same This has a manifestation in the contemporary school of psychology known as behaviorism Father of behaviorism John Watson Give me a dozen healthy infants well formed and my own specified world to bring them up in and I ll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select doctor lawyer artist merchant chief and yes even beggar man and thief regardless of his talents penchants tendencies abilities vocations and race of his ancestors I am going beyond my facts and I admit it but so have the advocates of the contrary and they have been doing it for many thousands of years p 82 12 From http en wikipedia org wiki John B Watson B Rene Descarte Nativism Society has developed mechanisms to constrain our natural selfish impulses Mechanisms by which society achieves this Parents parents spend an enormous amount of time teaching children the difference between right and wrong what they should do shouldn t do religious institutions e g churches teach us general values that we can apply to any situation that we find ourselves in treat other people like you would like them to treat you forgive Society has norms Unwritten rules of behavior determined by the culture a person that violates a norm is punished C Jean Jacque Rousseau Noble Savage The human baby immediately after birth is a pure playful creature made in God s image Nothing is so gentle



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