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Join us for the 2016 SDT Conference June 2-5 &

Business Pre-Conference with Richard Ryan, Edward Deci & Scott Rigby June 1st

SDT_Conference_BannerSelf-Determination Theory (SDT) is a theory of motivation. It is concerned with supporting our natural or intrinsic tendencies to behave in effective and healthy ways. SDT has been researched and practiced by a network of researchers around the world.

The theory was initially developed by Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan, and has been elaborated and refined by scholars from many countries. Deci is currently a professor at the University of Rochester in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology in Rochester, NY; Ryan, a clinical psychologist, was recently appointed as Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia.  Together and separately, Deci and Ryan have promoted SDT through theory, research, and their ongoing training of scholars.

This website presents a brief overview of SDT and provides resources that address important issues such as human needs, values, intrinsic motivation, development, motivation across cultures, individual differences, and psychological well-being. Also addressed are the applications of Self-Determination Theory to:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Relationships
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Organizations
  • Sports and Exercise
  • Goals
  • Health and Well-being
  • Environment

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See Recently Released SDT Articles Here First

See Recently Released SDT Articles Here First

Recently Published SDT Articles Niven, A, G. & Markland, D. (2016). Using self-determination theory to understand motivation for walking: Instrument development...

 
Why We Love The Games That are Most Challenging

Why We Love The Games That are Most Challenging

The Scientific American recently posted an article on why we love the games that are most challenging, pointing to Self-Determination Theory’s ‘Intrinsic...

 
Australia, this April 2016, SDT Co-Founder Richard Ryan will speak at The Institute for Positive Psychology & Education Conference: Converting Science into Practice

Australia, this April 2016, SDT Co-Founder Richard Ryan will speak at The Institute for Positive Psychology & Education Conference: Converting Science into Practice

SDT Co-founder Richard Ryan will be speaking in Australia at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education Conference 2016: Converting Science into Practice. If...

 
CONFERENCE UPDATES:  Early-Bird Registration Ends Feb 28th!!!!!

CONFERENCE UPDATES: Early-Bird Registration Ends Feb 28th!!!!!

Don’t miss out!   Early-bird Registration rates expire on February 28th! REGISTRATION RATES (Early Bird) Student: $285 CAD (approx. $215 USD) Faculty/Professional:...

 
1-day workshop on “Applying Self-Determination Theory to Health-Behavior Interventions” March 30, 2016

1-day workshop on “Applying Self-Determination Theory to Health-Behavior Interventions” March 30, 2016

Announcement from the Society of Behavioral Medicine Upcoming 1-day workshop on “Applying Self-Determination Theory to Health-Behavior Interventions”...