domingo, 10 de abril de 2011

Nature versus nurture

Katherine Anne "Katie" Couric is an American journalist, currently the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. She is the first solo female anchor of a weekday evening news program on one of the three traditional U.S. broadcast networks.

Her notebook feature within the CBS news programme is a short comment she makes on a hot current affairs issue.

Self-study activity:
Watch the video and complete the blanks in the transcript with the missing information.

Hi everyone. Scientists may have (1) … a clue to what makes us human, and it's built right into the brain. (2) … from the Brain and Creativity Institute at US say: yes, there really is such a place… say they have located a part of the mind that actually controls (3) … .

In the journal Nature, they report that people who have (4) … the front of their brain were more likely to harm someone when given a (5) … decision. Those with that part of the brain intact were less likely to (6) … others.

One of the authors concluded part of our moral behavior is (7) … into a specific part of our brains. In other words, most of us are wired to do the right thing: to be (8) … about others, to be compassionate, to empathize. In the arguments over nature versus nurture, it's part of our nature to nurture. If you find that both amazing and (9) … , well, I can empathize.

That's a page from my Notebook. I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.

1 uncovered 2 researchers 3 empathy 4 damaged 5 life-or-death 6 hurt 7 grounded 8 concerned 9 uplifting