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What is the principle that those traits of a species that contribute to reproduction and survival are most likely to be passed on to succeeding generations? 



A. The nature-nurture issue
B. Cognitive neuroscience
C. Experimental psychology
D. Educational psychology
E. Social-cultural psychology

This question is part of AP Psych: Unit 1 Vocab: History and Approaches
Asked by Tott, Last updated: Dec 07, 2018

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M. Krasinski

M. KrasinskiContent Writer, Columbus
Content Writer, Columbus

Answered on Jul 25, 2018

This principle is the field of human genetics. It was Mendel whose meticulous process of research using pea plants applied mathematical models to biological inheritance. Although some of Mendel's findings with pea plants can't be applied to humans, much can, and today's geneticists still use Mendel's three principles to explain genetic inheritance.

The dominant gene is more likely to be passed down, the recessive gene may skip a generation and the individual with this gene may be a carrier, his or her own children not displaying the phenotype, but passing the gene to the next generation. It is more in the work of Richard Dawkin (the Selfish Gene) that suggests only genes ultimately useful to the human race are retained. Generally it is accepted that we are continually evolving and that our environment can also cause ultimate change.

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John Adney

John Adney

Answered on Sep 22, 2017

Is the answer to this question, evolutionary psychology, not nature/nuture?

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Feb 06, 2017

The nature-nurture issue
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