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The making of individual differences

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How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual differences, looks at how genes and the environment interact making each of us unique. Looking at the period between conception and birth you will examine the issues of nature or nurture to see which has the greatest impact.

After studying this course you should be able to:

  • recognise definitions and applications of each of the terms printed in bold in the text;
  • critically evaluate statements about the influence of the genome on behaviour;
  • explain the ways in which genetic and environmental factors influence the development of the nervous system;
  • provide examples of the influence of genetic and environmental factors on the development of the nervous system and behaviour;
  • discuss possible flaws and short comings in experiments designed to examine the roles of genes and environment in the development of behaviour;
  • explain why different genetic diseases have different outcomes;
  • recognise the significance of experiments similar to those described;
  • explain the role and control of transcription factors;
  • recognise the importance and discuss some aspects of the control of axon growth.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 12 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 9th September 2015
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Biology
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The making of individual differences

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This free course examines issue of nature and nurture, how genes and the environment interact in the development of the nervous system to make each of us unique. In particular it looks at the period from conception to birth. It is a topic that should be of wide interest to many.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract relevant to The Open University course SD226 Biological psychology: exploring the brain which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us then you may like to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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