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International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology, 2021, 3(7); doi: 10.25236/IJFS.2021.030717.

Analysis on Biological and Environmental Factors in Child Development: A Study Based on My Virtual Life Stimulation


Jialin Yu

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Jialin Yu

Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


Biological factors (nature) and environmental contexts (nurture) affect child’s physical and behavioral maturation. While some early researchers hold their belief of this as an either-or relationship, a large number of developmentalists nowadays believe in an interactionist model that admit joint influences of both. The purpose of this study is to survey how human development determine by genetic and cultural factors, and which factor is a greater determinant in child’s maturation process. This study is based on Pearson’s online child stimulation program My Virtual Life that allows researchers to raise and observe a virtual child from birth to 18 years old. By analyzing from four different standpoints, the results demonstrate a reciprocal relationship among biological, environmental and parental aspects; suggest that parents should consider genetic factors, environmental interactions, and children’s interest while adjusting their parenting styles.


Child Development, Child, Biological & Environmental Influences

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Jialin Yu. Analysis on Biological and Environmental Factors in Child Development: A Study Based on My Virtual Life Stimulation. International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology (2021), Vol. 3, Issue 7: 96-99. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFS.2021.030717.


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