Based on the principles of behaviorism, John B. Watson argued, tongue-in-cheek, that he could take a healthy baby and make him into a lawyer, doctor, or thief. Sandra Scarr argued that often a child’s genetic predispositions override the influence of the environment. Based on what you have learned so far about development, select a well-known movie that addresses the nature-versus-nurture question. Some examples are:
The Blind Side, Rudy
A Beautiful Mind
With reference to the film, respond to the following:
- How influential is the role of genetics in the child’s development?
- What about the role of the environment, temperament, and teratogenics, among others?
- Do you agree with Watson, Scarr, both, or neither?
Support your arguments with research, citing sources.
Write your initial response in 3–4 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.