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Basic Instinct: The Genesis of Behavior
A panicked mother runs through highway traffic to save her wandering child. A green turtle swims hundreds of miles to return to the beach on which it was hatched. Your child utters her first word. Have you ever wondered what causes you to react in a certain way to a certain situation, and if you would react differently under different circumstances? From Charles Darwin to ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Basic Books
(first published 2005)
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Mark Blumberg wrote this book in an accessible manner, using lots of interesting examples from animal model and human research to disspell nativist theories (i.e., theories that certain behaviors are instinctual, innate, present from birth, etc). If you're interested in this sort of thing (read: human development geek), it's refreshing to read something that reads more like a novel while still informing the whole nature-nurture thing. The author's viewpoint is clear... He thinks most, if not all ...more