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Nature-Nurture Controversy

  1. John C. Loehlin

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0588

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Loehlin, J. C. 2010. Nature-Nurture Controversy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Texas at Austin

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The so-called nature-nurture controversy is a family of controversies about the relative roles of heredity (nature) and environment (nurture) in shaping human characteristics. These controversies exist not so much because the scientific questions involved are difficult—although many are—but because the proposed alternative solutions are perceived as having profound implications for cherished beliefs concerning human equality, social justice, and individual responsibility.


  • evolution;
  • heredity;
  • environment;
  • behavior;
  • genetics