The nature of nurturant niches in ontogeny

Philosophical Psychology 21 (3):295 – 303 (2008)
The concept of ontogenetic niche is used here to interpret how species-typical behaviors develop through active, context-dependent processes. Ontogenetic niches typically include social stimuli, such as those arising from parents, siblings, and others that provide 'nurturing' in the form of resources, stimulation, and affordances for development. This approach is a useful alternative to wrestling with artificial dichotomies such as nature-nurture.
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DOI 10.1080/09515080802169814
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