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Nature versus Nurture What shapes us and how do we become the people we are today Everyday children are born millions of new lives start each day throughout the world The growth and the development of these children has been a topic of confusion and debate for years Many psychologists are argued over what factors make up the person we are whether they are biological or environmental Different theories and conclusions have been drawn over what exactly shapes us and what effects us from birth through adulthood Though by studying the differences between theories I was able to draw from each and come up with my own conclusions about development and the nature versus nurture debate I believe that only through knowledge of many theories are you able to get a clear understanding of development and then only are you able to really analyze and come to your own conclusions Once I was done studying the different theories and comparing this to my own thoughts and personal experiences with children I was able to come to my own conclusions about development I have believe that nurture is much more influential on a childs development than nature is Infants are born with about one hundred billion nerve cells All of these nerve cells have not yet made the important connection which determine a persons social emotional and intellectual make-up Most of the connections are made in the first three years of a humans life These connections are the most important and whoever and whatever comes in contact with the child will have an effect on them Infant brain cells are constantly making connections and sending and receiving information from other cells The signals which are sent and received travel from cell to cell by chemicals such as serotonin The electrical impulses move over the synaptic gap and to the dendrites then move down the axon to the terminal buttons here the information is sent
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