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The making of individual differences
How do we become individuals? This unit looks at how genes and the environment interact...
How do we become individuals? This unit 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 unit 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.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Individual differences
- 2 Growth and development: the big picture
- 3 The unique phenotype
- 4 Confounded variables: sensitive skin
- 5 Mechanisms
- 6 Axon guidance
- 7 Survival and death
- 8 Genes become you
- 9 Genes and their influence on behaviour revisited
- 10 Unit summary
- End of unit questions
The making of individual differences
This unit 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 students.
This study unit is an adapted extract relevant to The Open University course SDK228.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Biology course units or view the range of currently available OU Biology courses.