Heredity and Hormones
Petrina M Murti
August 29, 2012
When comparing and contrasting the influence of heredity and hormones on human behavior I found that both play a major role that is perfectly balanced in order for a human to function properly. Heredity is the biological process of inheriting certain traits of physical and mental qualities through generations from each parent at the time of conception. Hormones are the development of a person their growth; the ability to concentrate, aggressiveness, sexual drive, reproduction, metabolism and play a major role on the ability to learn and the type of mood a person is in.
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67, 2010). A high level in estrogen suggests women do better in “cognitive tasks, tests of manual dexterity, verbal skills and perceptual speed, during the ovulatory phase of their menstrual cycles” (Morris & Maisto, pg. 67, 2010)
The adrenal glands are right above the kidneys, each has two parts know as the adrenal medulla (inner core) and the adrenal cortex (outer layer) both are responsible for the body’s reaction to stress. According to Morris & Maisto it pours several hormones into the bloodstream, “epinephrine which activates the sympathetic nervous system and noepinephrine not only raises blood pressure by causing the blood vessels to become constricted, but also is carried by the bloodstream to the anterior pituitary and triggers the release of still more hormones” (pg. 67, 2010) hence prolonging the reaction to stress.
The pituitary gland located under the brain and is connected to the hypothalamus is known as the “master gland” releasing the largest number of hormones which in turn “has the widest range of effects on the body’s functions” (Morris & Maisto, pg. 66, 2010). It is responsible for the blood pressure, body growth, sexual...