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“Nearly 30 years ago, Alexander Thomas and Stella Chess (1977) offered a version of human development that consisted of a compromise between the nature and nurture perspectives. In the time since, great advances have been made in understanding human psychology. It is past time for media effects researchers to embrace the interactionist perspective offered by Thomas and Chess and embraced by legions of human behavior researchers. There is no longer any question among most developmental psychologists, cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and biologists that nature interacts with nurture to determine human behavior.”

MLA Citation:

Sherry, John L. “Media Effects Theory and the Nature/Nurture Debate: A Historical Overview and Directions for Future Research.” Michigan State University, 2004.  (PUT DATE OF ACCESS HERE). <>.

In-Text: (Sherry)

***REMEMBER all lines of the citation after the first get indented once***

APA Citation:

Sherry, J. L. (2004). Media Effects Theory and the Nature/Nurture debate: A historical overview and directions for future research. Michigan State University. Retrieved from

In-Text: (Sherry, 2004)

***REMEMBER all lines of the citation after the first get indented once***

Note on citations: We used the format for citing a website page for the MLA citation. The research paper itself lists Purdue University, where the author had done the research; However, the credible source is found on Michigan State University’s website, where the author now seems to be employed. The OWL guide states one should list the website name and organization affiliated with the website ( and Michigan State University, respectively) in the citation. Since the source is being accessed through the web this is appropriate, though the original publisher does not appear to be MSU. Please consider your specific requirements and guidelines when preparing your bibliography.