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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 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
  • recognise the importance and discuss some aspects of the control of axon growth.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 12 hours
  • Updated Monday 23rd May 2016
  • 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. [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

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