Introduction to psychology/Questions one: Definition and History/1.06

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Hereditary, or the genetic transmission of characteristics from parents to offspring, determines personality to a certain extent. Hereditary characteristics manifest at birth such as hair and eye color, skin color and body type. Hereditary also includes aptitude or the capacity to learn a skill or inclination for a particular body of knowledge. It establishes the limits of one’s personality traits that can be developed. This aptitude creates the desire for a person to learn something.