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Topic: Inheritance, physical development, and behavior 

Behavioral Studies

 Standard 1.  Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 6.Understands that heredity, culture, and personal experience interact in shaping human behavior, and that the relative importance of these influences is not clear in most circumstances
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that heredity affects the shaping of human behavior
     2.Understands that culture affects the shaping of human behavior
     3.Understands that personal experience affects the shaping of human behavior
     4.Understands that heredity, culture, and personal experience interact to shape human behavior
     5.Understands that the relative importance of heredity, culture, and personal experience in shaping human behavior is usually not clear
 Standard 3.  Understands that interactions among learning, inheritance, and physical development affect human behavior
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 2.Knows that some animal species are limited to a repertoire of genetically determined behaviors and others have more complex brains and can learn a wide variety of behaviors
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that some animal species are limited to a repertoire of genetically determined behaviors
     2.Knows that some animals have more complex brains than others and can learn a wide variety of behaviors
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands that differences in the behavior of individuals arise from the interaction of heredity and experience
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that individuals inherit different combinations of genes
     2.Knows that different individuals have different experiences
   Benchmark 2.Understands that even instinctive behavior may not develop well if a person is exposed to abnormal conditions
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that humans develop instinctive behaviors
     2.Knows that abnormal conditions can impair a person’s behavioral development