How Genetics and the Environment Interact in Human Development


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When Dr. Jones gives a lecture on inherited traits encoded into a person's DNA, she is teaching about _____.

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1. _____ refers to the way the environment acts upon a person.

2. Grace believes that a person is born with a certain degree of intelligence and that the environment has little to do with it. Which theme in psychology does her belief represent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help students test their comprehension of how genetics and the environment play a role in human development.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students can use this quiz and worksheet to test their understanding of:

  • Inherited traits encoded into a person's DNA
  • The method the environment acts upon a person
  • The way that environment or behavior can alter a person's brain

Skills Practiced

Students can practice these skills with these assessments:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about genes in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding DNA
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify the different ways the environment can change the human brain

Additional Learning

To learn more about the role that genetics and the environment play in human development, look over the related lesson How Genetics and Environment Interact in Human Development. This lesson includes:

  • Verifying the meaning of genes
  • Identifying the definition of environment
  • Exploring the nature vs. nurture debate
  • Examining how nature and nurture interact
  • Understanding the meaning of plasticity