Educational Psychology Review

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 381–390 | Cite as

Evolution of the nature-nurture controversy: Response to J. Philippe Rushton

  • Albert H. Yee
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Abstract

The nature-nurture controversy is reviewed from the nineteenth century to the present. This review indicates that the nature-nuture issue has been highly controversial in psychology and education for long, mainly because of the oversimplified, either-or polarism of partisan views. In recent times, however, the old issue appears increasingly archaic. Expanding, interdisciplinary theory and research reveal complex interrelationships and evolutionary cognitive adaptations, etc. that can finally put the nature-nurture controversy to rest. This review provides background for a response to Rushton's critique of Yee (1992) in this issue.

Key Words

evolutionary psychology heredity nature-nuture race 

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  • Albert H. Yee
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  1. 1.Missoula

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