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Psychology One; Nature Vs. Nurture

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06/19/1957

This series (of 38 programs) presents Dr. Edwin Boring's famous psychology course which he teaches at Harvard. He gives the basic facts and principles necessary to uncover man's awareness, thought and behavior. Stress will be placed on the biological development of these phenomena and the role of heredity and learning in determining human abilities and human efficiency. Dr. Boring recaps the last episode when he talked about sex, and focuses on the problems of nature and biological differences reflected in psychology. Biological inheritance and social inheritance are discussed. Dr. Boring describes the laws of cell biology, chromosomes, and shows Mendel statistics of inheritance. He concludes that nurture contributes to functions, nature to structure. Imprinting, the term invented by Conrad Lawrence for zoology, is mentioned. Imprinting is learning, partly by genes, partly by imitation. Dr. Borings analyzes studies of fraternal twins and identical twins, and draws the following conclusion: nurture reduces thing more, nature never works alone, nurture operates on top of nature. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.


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Series
Psychology One
Program
Nature Vs. Nurture
Series Description

This series (of 38 programs) presents Dr. Edwin Boring's (Harvard University) famous psychology course which he teaches at Harvard. He gives the basic facts and principles necessary to uncover man's awareness, thought and behavior. Stress will be placed on the biological development of these phenomena and the role of heredity and learning in determining human abilities and human efficiency. Series release date: 10/3/1956

Program Description

This series (of 38 programs) presents Dr. Edwin Boring's famous psychology course which he teaches at Harvard. He gives the basic facts and principles necessary to uncover man's awareness, thought and behavior. Stress will be placed on the biological development of these phenomena and the role of heredity and learning in determining human abilities and human efficiency.

Duration

00:28:49

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Imprinting
Lawrence, Conrad
Psychology
Nature vs. Nurture
Harvard University
Biological Inheritance
Boring, Edwin G.
Zoology
Social Inheritance
Twins
Genres
Educational
Topics
Psychology
Contributors
Hollander, Lilly (Other (see note))
Busiek, William S. (Sound)
Harvey, Frank (Engineer)
Messenger, Lawrence J. (Other (see note))
Lovell, Edgar (Other (see note))
Richardson, Arthur (Engineer)
Sisson, Thomas K. (Producer)
Rice, Roger W. (Other (see note))
Pierce, William W., III (Narrator)
Boring, Edwin G. (Host)
Davis, David M. (Director)
Prodan, Peter (Other (see note))
Gardner, Elizabeth (Other (see note))
Pray, Leonard C. (Other (see note))
Stevens, Joseph C. (Other (see note))
Publication Information
Courtesy of Thirteen/WNET New York and WGBH Boston
Citation
Chicago: “Psychology One; Nature Vs. Nurture,” 06/19/1957, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_87A4D8EB4DF044D48313ED7FA6F0A2A7.
MLA: “Psychology One; Nature Vs. Nurture.” 06/19/1957. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_87A4D8EB4DF044D48313ED7FA6F0A2A7>.
APA: Psychology One; Nature Vs. Nurture. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_87A4D8EB4DF044D48313ED7FA6F0A2A7
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