The Perennial Debate: Nature, Nurture, or Choice? Black and White Americans' Explanations for Individual Differences.

@article{Jayaratne2009ThePD,
  title={The Perennial Debate: Nature, Nurture, or Choice? Black and White Americans' Explanations for Individual Differences.},
  author={Toby Epstein Jayaratne and Susan A Gelman and Merle B Feldbaum and Jane P. Sheldon and Elizabeth M. Petty and Sharon L. R. Kardia},
  journal={Review of general psychology : journal of Division 1, of the American Psychological Association},
  year={2009},
  volume={13 1},
  pages={24-33}
}
This paper examines three common explanations for human characteristics: genes, the environment, and choice. Based on data from a representative sample of White and Black Americans, respondents indicated how much they believed each factor influenced individual differences in athleticism, nurturance, drive, math ability, violence, intelligence, and sexual orientation. Results show that across traits: 1) Black respondents generally favor choice and reject genetic explanations, whereas White… CONTINUE READING

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