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Who are you - and why?

by The Open University

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Course Description

What makes us who we are?

Psychology - the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour - offers some answers in this pathway, starting with how gender is constructed. Consider whether it is nature or nurture that shapes us and what role do wider environmental, social and cultural influences play?

These issues are examined from a variety of perspectives, from psychoanalytic and social psychology to cognitive analysis. Explore a variety of individual case studies, including opera singer Lisa Lee, a biological female who was raised as a boy, and French footballer Zinedine Zidane – who shocked millions by head-butting an Italian player at the 2006 World Cup.

Less sensational but equally illuminating studies of identical twins separated at birth offer sometimes challenging insights into genetic determination of personality but how can psychologists separate out biology from environmental influences?
Who are you - and why?
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