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March 18, 2022

 

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Dr. Brenda Shook is an associate professor of psychology at National University. She explains that the question isn’t “nature or nurture?” but rather “to what extent is a particular behavior genetic or learned?” She dives into epigenetics: the study of how a particular environment can affect the way your genes work. By continuing to study and understand epigenetics, we can better understand the relationship between nature and nurture. Through this, we can understand the optimal conditions for a particular person to be treated, in turn, live life to the fullest. 

Definition for epigenetics: https://www.cdc.gov/genomics/disease/epigenetics.htm#:~:text=Epigenetics%20is%20the%20study%20of,body%20reads%20a%20DNA%20sequence.

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