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HDFS Chapter 2 Biocultural Foundations

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HDFS Chapter 2 Biocultural Foundations 629152

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Chapter 2 Biocultural Foundations I. Inheriting Culture  ­Culture: ­The use of material and symbolic tools that accumulate over time, are passed on through  social processes, and provide resources for the developing child.  ­Material tools: ­Are observable, and include manufactured objects and patterns of behavior. Ex: a crib,  high chair, baby monitor.  ­Symbolic tools: ­More abstract, including systems of knowledge, beliefs, and values. Ex: being male and  being female. ­Mediation:  ­Both types of tools provide resources for development by organizing children’s  activities, including how children relate to their environment. Ex: toy guns, barbie dolls. Culture is inherited through social processes  1. Use of culture’s tools  ­Social enhancement  ­Imitation  ­Explicit Instruction        2. Use of symbolic communication  ­Unique to humans  ­Learning about things not immediately present and about abstractions Complexity of Culture  ­The Process of Cumulative Cultural Evolution  ­Cultures continue to evolve because they are complex, with individuals producing  variations in the material and symbolic cultural tools they use.  ­The process of change is complex and messy.  II. Biological Inheritance  ­Evolution is made possible by heredity  ­Transmission of biological characteristics from one generation to the next. ­Genes: ­Contains instructions that guide the formation of the individual’s traits. ­Genotypes: ­The individual’s particular set of genes.  ­Phenotype: ­The individual's actual traits, behavior, and psychological traits. Natural Selection  ­The process whereby individuals with phenotypes well adapted to the local environment survive and reproduce to a greater extent than do individuals with less well­adapted phenotypes,  preferentially passing on the genotypes associated with the better­adapted phenotypes. Ex:  Shorter pregnancies, baby­talk. Genetic Inheritance  ­Humans reproduce through sexual reproduction.  ­Conception is the fusing of ovum and sperm to form a zygote.  ­Chromosome  ­Ovum contains 23  ­Sperm contains 23 ­Zygote contains 46 or 23 pairs ­A gene is a segment of a chromosome. ­A chromosome is a molecule of DNA. ­The DNA molecule takes the form of two long, connected strands that spiral around each other.  Two types of Cells  ­Germ Cell: ­Each with only 23 chromosomes  ­Consist of Sperm and Ova ­Formed through meiosis ­Somatic Cells: ­Each with 46 chromosomes, in 23 pairs  ­All cells of the body, except sperm and ova ­Formed through mitosis Sex Determination  ­Sex is determined by the chromosome of the 23rd pair. ­Females have to XX. ­Males have an X and an Y (XY). Laws of Genetic Inheritance  ­Allele:  ­The specific form of a gene. ­Homozygous for a trait: ­A person who inherits the same form of a gene (the same allele) from both parents. ­Heterozygous for a trait: ­A person who inherits different alleles.  ­When a person is heterozygous for a particular trait, three outcomes are possible: 1. One allele is dominant and the other is recessive.  2. The person expresses characteristics intermediates between those associated with  each allele.  3. The alleles are codominant.  Mutations and Genetic Abnormalities  ­Mutations  ­An error in the process of gene replication that results in a charge in the molecular  structure of the DNA. ­Characteristics: ­Can be passed on to the next generation if they occur in germ cells. ­Can add new genes to the gene pool. ­Is important source of variation of genotypes. ­Most are harmful or even lethal, not adaptive.  Causes of genetic abnormalities ­Genes inherited through normal processes of inheritance. ­PKU ­From a breakdown in the process of genetic transmission affecting the chromosomes in the  germ cell. ­Down syndrome and klinefelter’s syndrome.  Plasticity of the Trait  ­The extent to which the genotype determines any specific phenotypic trait depends on the  plasticity of the trait.  ­Traits with high plasticity=easily influenced by the environment  ­Traits with little plasticity=develop in much the same way regardless of the environment ­Ex:language acquisition  Heritability  ­The amount of phenotypic variation on a trait in a given population that is due to genetic  differences.  ­Estimate of heritability is assessed through several types of kinship studies. ­Family Study  ­Twin Study  ­Adoption Study  The case of twins  ­Monozygotic (MZ) twins: one zygote (fertilized egg) that splits into two; results in identical  twins.  ­Dizygotic (DZ) twins: two separate zygotes; results in fraternal twins; no different that regular  siblings. ­Sex Determination: chromosome 23 determines gender. ­XX:female ­XY:male  Genotype, Phenotypes, and Human Behavior ­Phenomena of Niche Construction: ­Refers to how behavior, activities, and choices of individuals actively shape and modify  the environment in which they live. Ex: unusually quiet infants.  ­Ecological Inheritance: ­Refers to how niche construction can result in modified environments that affect the  development of subsequent generations. Ex: moving from one neighborhood to another.  III. The Coevolution of Culture and Biology  ­Culture and biology interact in the process of coevolution, whereby cultural factors influence  the likelihood that people with certain genetically influenced mental and physical traits will  survive and reproduce. Ex: lactose intolerance and sickle­cell anemia.  IV. Retracing the Laetoli Footprints  ­The complex interplay of culture and biology ensures that both heritages are passed on to  subsequent generations and that both continue to evolve. 


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