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Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Wellness This long-awaited book by Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci is now available! You can purchase your copy at: Guilford Publishing (North America Sales) Guilford Publishing (International Sales) Amazon
February 13, 2017 / By Aiman Maulana / Once again, Self-Determination Theory’s research gains attention in Gaming. What are the surprising scientific evidences on gaming, and how do the basic psychological needs tap into gaming and wellbeing. Read More : https://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/02/212055/gaming-isnt-all-bad
February 7, 2017 / By Ed Hess, J.D. / Self-Determination Theory as a model for the Smart Machine Age (SMA). Check out this article on who will lead in the business sphere of the new industrial revolution called the Smart Machine Age…and how can SDT be a part of SMA. In […]
Richard Ryan and Maarten Vansteenkiste to give keynote talks at the Research on Motivation Trends and Movements Symposium Friday, 10th February 2017 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Organized by the Department of Research in Education @ VUmc School of Medical Sciences Click here to register for this one-day symposium
June 17, 2016 / By April Dembosky / SDT article Parental autonomy support and discrepancies between implicit and explicit sexual identities… by SDT faculty Weinstein, Ryan, DeHaan, Przybylski, Legate & Ryan featured in KQED news on Orlando shooting. Richard Ryan and William Ryan comment. Ryan was one of the researchers […]
June 2016 / By Paul Tough / Self-Determination Theory acknowledged by The Atlantic as an important perspective in education. Interesting article on children’s resilience and motivation in the classroom around socio-economic factors. Read the full article. Within the field of psychology, one important body of thought that helps explain this […]
Don’t miss out! Early-bird Registration rates expire on February 28th! REGISTRATION RATES (Early Bird) Student: $285 CAD (approx. $215 USD) Faculty/Professional: $505 CAD (approx. $379 USD) ______________________________________________________ BUSINESS PRE-CONFERENCE JUNE 1ST with Richard Ryan, Edward Deci & Scott Rigby “Putting Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivation to Work“: Fortune 500 companies and […]
Faculty Websites Australian Catholic University Faculty Page University of Rochester Faculty Page Research Gate Page Google Scholar Page Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology & Education at the Australian Catholic University and Research Professor in Psychology at the University of Rochester in New York. Ryan is a clinical psychologist […]
July 22nd 2015. Gregory Chertok, a sport psychology counselor and fitness trainer at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in Englewood, New Jersey cites self-determination theory when touting the social benefits of laughter yoga. “Chertok noted that writer and researcher Norman Cousins, whose book “Anatomy of an Illness” influenced Kataria, […]
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Applying Self-Determination Theory to Health-Behavior Interventions June 2, 2015 9:00am to 5:00pm Edinburgh, Scotland International Conference Centre Self-Determination Theory is one of the leading psychological theories on motivation & a powerful cornerstone to building a successful health initiative, […]
June 8th 2015. David Sze, Research Editor at the Huffington Post has featured self-determination theory in his latest article on the science of well-being. Sze writes, “As far as psychology theories go, University of Rochester’s Richard Ryan and Edward Deci’s Self-Determination Theory is one of the biggest out there. The theory has been […]
May 13th 2015. The New York Times cites self-determination theory in their article, Lawyers with Lowest Pay Report More Happiness. “Law students are famous for busting their buns to make high grades, sometimes at the expense of health and relationships, thinking, ‘Later I’ll be happy, because the American dream will […]
April 25th 2015. In an op-ed for The New York Times, columnist David Brooks references the work of SDT scholars Avi Assor, Guy Roth and Ed Deci in a post regarding child-rearing. “Studies by Avi Assor, Guy Roth and Edward L. Deci suggest that children who receive conditional love often do […]
Handbook of Mindfulness Theory, Research, and Practice Edited by Kirk Warren Brown, J. David Creswell, and Richard M. Ryan “Finally, the most comprehensive work on mindfulness! This handbook sums up the current state of the research and clinical applications and offers insightful discussions of multiple aspects of mindfulness. The chapters […]
March 28th 2015. As we launch the foundation for SDT, we could use your input on future initiatives. Please take a minute to fill out our brief 6-question survey. http://sgiz.mobi/s3/70dfd871bd97
March 5th 2015. Website, Business 2 Community offers twenty 20 non-monetary ways to reward and motivate employees in modern workplaces. The blog utilizes a 1999 study by Self-Determination Theory scholars, Ed Deci, Richard Koestner, and Rich Ryan, which looks at extrinsic rewards on intrinsic motivators. “Deci’s experiment showed that money […]
March 15th 2015. Positive Computing: A new partnership between psychology, social sciences and technologists Psychology of Well-Being [www.psywb.com] is inviting submissions for a special issue of the journal that will be dedicated to the topic of Positive Computing. The decades between 1970 and 1990 saw the creation and blossoming of a […]
February 28th 2015. Edward Deci and Kenneth Sheldon, two SDT faculty members, were honored at The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference on February 27th in Long Beach, CA for their scientific work and achievements in the field of social and personality psychology. At this event, Edward Deci, […]
Institute for Positive Psychology and Education PhD Scholarship Opportunity Professor Richard Ryan and Associate Professor Chris Lonsdale are seeking to recruit a promising student to complete a PhD under their supervision at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), AustralianCatholic University. The candidate will complete a […]
February 28th 2014. Self-Determination Theory faculty Nikos Ntoumanis and Joan Duda have been awarded the 2014 International Society for Self and Identity (ISSI) Best Paper Award for their work, “Self-Regulatory Responses to Unattainable Goals: The Role of Goal Motives”, published in the 2014 volume of Self and Identity. The award was given […]
February 4th 2015. This Gamasutra article explores how Warner Bros. Games’ studio Monolith designed the Nemesis gaming system of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor using Self-Determination Theory (SDT) concepts. What made this game distinctive from other games was the Nemesis system and its ability to enable narrative and a player-driven story supportive of […]
January 14th 2014. Self-Determination Theory faculty Dr. Adam Grant cited in Huffington Post blog on workplace satisfaction. “People work so hard, yet so often they never get to meet the people directly impacted by their work. Companies need to place more emphasis on “end user” connection because the research in […]
January 11th 2014. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology in 2010 showed that spending even just 20 minutes a day in fresh air boosts vitality that is, having both physical and mental energy. “Research has shown that people with a greater sense of vitality don’t just have […]
January 1st 2015. Call for Self-Determination Theory Faculty We are now accepting nominations for the SDT Faculty webpage. If you, or someone you know, is working and generating research within the SDT tradition and hold(s) a PhD, please email the following information to: email@example.com Name of candidate (self nominations are strongly encouraged); Contact information; […]
One of SDT’s faculty, Dr. Rashmi Kusurkar, was recently awarded the “Best Thesis Prize 2014” by the Dutch Medical Education Association (NVMO). Her thesis, entitled “Motivation in Medical Students,” examines medical students’ motivation, in particular the importance of quality of motivation and the factors influencing their motivation. This prize is […]
The Three Basic Psychological Needs by Richard Ryan and Edward Deci, demonstrated in this video from our friends at Camping Coast to Coast.
September 25th 2014. Studies have found that having weekends to relax not only makes us happier, but healthier, too: Far from frivolous, the relatively unfettered time on weekends provides critical opportunities for bonding with others, exploring interests and relaxing—basic psychological needs. -Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of […]
August 18th 2014. Scientists Richard M. Ryan from the University of Rochester and Christina Frederick from the University of Southern Utah have taken an extensive look at the concept of subjective vitality as a reflection of well-being. Ryan and Frederick argue that subjective vitality is enhanced when the basic psychological needs for […]
August 1st 2014. The Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) research program was conducted as a pilot evaluation of a partly virtualized intervention that delivered content along with 6 monthly visits with a registered dietitian. The results of this intervention produced clinically significant weight loss and improvements in […]
Global Guru’s names Ed Deci and Rich Ryan as two of the “Worlds Top 30 Education Professionals for 2014.”July 29, 2014
On July 29, 2014, Edward Deci and Richard Ryan were honored with impressive rankings of Numbers 14 and 22 in the Education category for Global Gurus. Congratulations Ed and Rich!
This book, co-authored by Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan in 1985, remains the preeminent and most comprehensive publication on Self-Determination Theory. is primarily about self-determination and competence (with particular emphasis on the former), and about the processes and structures that relate to these needs. The need for interpersonal relat edness, while no less important, remains to be explored, and the findings from those explorations will need to be integrated with the present theory to develop a broad, organismic theory of human motivation. Thus far, we have articulated self-determination theory, which is offered as a working theory-a theory in the making
From the 1999 SDT Conference…researchers convened at the University of Rochester to present their work, share ideas, and discuss future research directions for the theor. The Handbook of Self-Determination Research is an outgrowth of that important and fascinating conference. It summarizes the research programs of these social, personality, clinical, developmental, and applied psychologists who have a shared belief in the importance of self-determination for understanding basic motivational processes and for solving pressing real-world problems.
Released in May 2014 “The Oxford Handbook of Work Motivation, Engagement, and Self-Determination Theory” is edited by SDT Faculty, Marylène Gagné, and aims to give current and future organizational researchers ideas for future research using self-determination theory as a framework, and to give practitioners ideas on how to adjust their programs and practices using self-determination theory principles.
“Nature is fuel for the soul,” said Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, in a release. “Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature.”
Just recently released in early 2014, “Human Motivation and Interpersonal Relationships,” edited by SDT Faculty Netta Weinstein, summarizes and organizes a growing body of research supporting the role of motivation in adaptive and rewarding interpersonal interactions with others.
What is it you really, really want? To answer this honestly, it helps to know where your motivation comes from, explain Richard Ryan and Edward Deci, psychology professors at the University of Rochester. There are two types of motivation that govern human behavior: intrinsic motivation, which means being driven from within or doing something because we find it personally enjoyable; and extrinsic motivation, which involves being driven by something outside of ourselves or an external reward (example: studying to get a good grade, not for the sake of learning).
“Nature is fuel for the soul. Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,” said the study’s lead author, Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.
A New [SDT] Study…
It’s not the video game per se that’s causing your rage; it’s the fact that you stink at it, says a new study from the University of Rochester.
SDT research highlighted about gaming… A NEW study has revealed that gamers are more likely to experience feelings of aggression from playing a game when it is too difficult or when the controls are too complicated to master.
Andrew Przybylski and Richard Ryan quoted in BBC article…
“We focused on the motives of people who play electronic games and found players have a psychological need to come out on top when playing,” said Dr Przybylski.
“If players feel thwarted by the controls or the design of the game, they can wind up feeling aggressive.
“This need to master the game was far more significant than whether the game contained violent material.
“Players of games without any violent content were still feeling pretty aggressive if they hadn’t been able to master the controls or progress through the levels at the end of the session.”
Released in April 2013, authored by SDT scholars Kennon M. Sheldon, Geoffrey Williams, and Thomas Joiner, Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic explains the ramifications of the theory and provides clinical examples to show that it can be used to motivate patients undergoing treatment for such physical or psychological issues as diabetes management, smoking cessation, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression.
Edited by Richard Ryan and published in 2012, The Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation collects the top theorists and researchers of human motivation into a single volume, capturing the current state-of-the-art in this fast developing field.
The book includes theoretical overviews from some of the best-known thinkers in this area, including chapters on Self-Determination Theory, Social Learning Theory, Control Theory, Terror Management theory, and the Promotion and Prevention perspective.
Published in 2012 by authors Jenny Ziviani, Anne Poulsen, and Monica Cuskelly, ” The Art and Science of Motivation: A Therapist’s Guide to Working with Children,” presents a groundbreaking, evidence-based model for working with children, including those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Drawing on Self-Determination Theory (SDT), the authors describe this innovative paradigm – the model of Synthesis of Child, Occupational Performance and Environment – in Time (SCOPE-IT) – and explain how it can be used to sustain the child’s motivation and active involvement in the therapeutic process.
Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context: Perspectives on the Psychology of Agency, Freedom, and Well-BeingMarch 1, 2014
Released in 2011, edited by Valery Chirkov, Richard Ryan, and Kennon Sheldon, this volume presents the reader with a stimulating tapestry of essays exploring the nature of personal autonomy, self-determination, and agency, and their role in human optimal functioning at multiple levels of analysis from personal to societal and cross-cultural. The starting point for these explorations is self-determination theory, an integrated theory of human motivation and healthy development which has been under development for more than three decades (Deci & Ryan, 2000).
Authored by Scott Rigby and Richard Ryan, “Glued to Games” was released in 2011 and brings the first truly balanced review of the psychology of video game motivation and engagement, based on years of research with thousands of gamers.
The book addresses both the positive and negative aspects of game play by drawing on significant recent studies and established motivational theory [Self-Determination Theory] to explore the fundamental drivers of engagement, how games satisfy basic psychological needs, and how an understanding of these factors can be applied to controversial topics such as video game violence and game addiction.
Published in 2007 by editors, Martin Hagger and Nikos Chatzisarantis, Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Exercise and Sport is the first book to synthesize key research of this theory as it relates to sport and exercise into one convenient volume. This reference will be a trend setter in the understanding […]
Richard Ryan quoted on natures effect on people’s energy levels…
The lead author and a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, Richard Ryan, insists, “Nature is fuel for the soul. Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature.”
Authored by Edward Deci with Richard Flaste. The best way to motivate people—at school, at work, or at home—is to support their sense of autonomy. Explaining the reasons why a task is important and then allowing as much personal freedom as possible in carrying out the task will stimulate interest and commitment, and is a much more effective approach than the standard system of reward and punishment. We are all inherently interested in the world, argues Deci, so why not nurture that interest in each other? Instead of asking, “How can I motivate people?” we should be asking, “How can I create the conditions within which people will motivate themselves?”
Self-Determination Theory noted in article about Relatedness without the use of Social Media.
Kirk Brown and Richard Ryan quoted on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction…
“Researchers at the University of Rochester, Kirk Brown and Richard Ryan, suggest that MBSR can be effective for those suffering from chronic illness and pain. They have also shown that MBSR can significantly improve positive well-being, and diminish cognitive and emotional disturbances in cancer patients.”
“So if a good gamified solution doesn’t have to look like a game, what does it have to have? I argue that it has to capture the psychology of games, the principles that capture people’s attention and keep them coming back for another experience. Games hook players by fulfilling their psychological needs. Self-determination theory describes what those needs are…”
Richard Ryan meets with panel of parents “to discuss Common Core and it’s impact on education.”
Once again, Richard Ryan noted “Nature is fuel for the soul.”
Ed Deci quoted in article about bribing children…
‘Edward Deci, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester who falls firmly in the don’t-bribe camp, was not particularly fond of this idea. “Are you going to follow them around for the rest of their lives and pay them for learning every time there is learning to be done?” he said. “Presumably not. So the question is, what happens if they’ve been rewarded and then the rewards stop?”’
“University of Rochester Professor of Psychology, Dr. Edward Deci, says that people who tap into their own natural talents, interests and desires are more inclined to embrace whatever they do with enthusiasm, creativity and joy. He also points out that people who make things happen for themselves are less likely to be manipulated or used.”
Richard Ryan quoted on nature and architecture…
Research has also shown similar benefits to simply being around nature. One study showed that spending time in natural settings makes us more generous and more community-oriented, a conclusion that has “implications not only for city planning but also for indoor design and architecture,” according to the study’s co-author Richard Ryan, of the University of Rochester Medical Center
August 9th 2013. “Research has also shown similar benefits to simply being around nature. One study showed that spending time in natural settings makes us more generous and more community-oriented, a conclusion that has “implications not only for city planning but also for indoor design and architecture,” according to the study’s co-author […]
July 10th 2013. “Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, professors at the University of Rochester and developers of Self-Determination Theory, the most respected theory of human motivation, have shown that thriving results from satisfying three motivational drives: the desire to be autonomous: to make choices that are true to one’s core, […]
July 5th 2013. “Edward Deci, professor of psychology and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Rochester, says employees need to feel competent, connected to others and able to exercise autonomy on the job. “If employers allow their employees to feel competent, related and autonomous, they […]
July 1st 2013. Post on YouTube by The University of Rochester https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4E10e8zIkw
PRESS RELEASE: More than 500 Psychologists Explore Human Motivation During International Conference in Rochester, June 27 to 30June 14, 2013
June 6th 2013. Hundreds of psychologists from 38 countries will gather in Rochester to share the latest scientific insights into the mysteries of human motivation during the Conference on Self-Determination Theory, June 27 to 30. Developed by University of Rochester experimental psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan in 1985, self-determination theory […]
April 11th 2013. “When a pal is struggling, it can be awfully tempting to grab him by the scruff of his neck and just tell him exactly what he should do. After all, isn’t giving good advice part of being a good friend? Perhaps not, according to researchers who study […]
March 5th 2013. If you think giving someone the cold shoulder inflicts pain only on them, beware. A new study shows that individuals who deliberately shun another person are equally distressed by the experience. “In real life and in academic studies, we tend to focus on the harm done to […]
March 3rd 2013. Nick Winkelman, the Director of Training Systems and Education at Athletes’ Performance’s Phoenix facility, has a mission to make his NFL hopefuls prepared for “the immensity of the moment.” He and his colleagues employ training techniques based on Self Determination Theory. Developed by Edward L. Deci and Richard […]
February 28th 2013. A new book written by researchers from The University of Queensland and Queensland Health offers a unique guide for therapists and professionals to successfully work with children. The Art and Science of Motivation: A therapist’s guide to working with children, to be launched on March 4, […]
Slate Magazine: Experts Say Not to Bribe Kids. I’ll Give you $10 and Stale Candy if You Prove Them WrongJanuary 15, 2013
January 15th 2013. “Dr. Deci, now a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said the biggest problem with tangible rewards is that they actually work, at least in the short run. “If you want somebody to do something, and if you have enough money, you can get […]
December 5th 2013. Image: niallkennedy/Flickr Don’t get me wrong: No one who’s held an iPhone can deny the appeal of beautifully designed technology. But what really makes a product stick has more to do with the psychology behind its design than its physical or functional features. It’s all about the […]
January 11th 2013. “Dr. Deci, now a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said the biggest problem with tangible rewards is that they actually work, at least in the short run. “If you want somebody to do something, and if you have enough money, you can get […]
December 5th 2012. Recognize This! – Cash is the currency of compensation, not motivation. I’ve written often about why cash not a good method for motivating employees (including my post yesterday as well as these older ones on cash bonuses incenting employees to quit and even sue). Edward Deci, […]
November 26th 2012 “How do you keep your employees motivated? How do you show them that their work is valued? Many small business owners use bonuses or raises, and while everyone loves a little extra cash, motivating your team with money may not be as effective as you think. […]
November 14th 2012. They call it gamification. The idea is to take familiar aspects of electronic games and apply them to customer support software and other applications used in the business world. This often involves awarding points for tasks and some sort of system for turning those points into other […]
November 12th 2012. “Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in New York, studies human motivation and how it affects psychological well-being,” says The Wall Street Journal. “His work has shown that people who pursue extrinsic goals, such as money, image and fame, are less happy […]
November 5th 2012. “Nature is fuel for the soul,” said Richard Ryan, author and professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. “Nature is something within which we flourish, so having it be more a part of our lives is critical, especially when we live and work in built […]
October 19th 2012. Originally published at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxsJT6XwNy0
October 18th 2012. :Whether you pursue an activity for its own sake or because external forces compel you, psychologists Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan of the University of Rochester argue that you gain motivation when you feel in charge. In evaluations of students, athletes and employees, the […]
August 15th 2012. Get off the grid and into the wild on an overnight backpacking trip. Backpackers are likely to experience the wilderness much more intimately than other types of travelers — and reap the benefits of physical exercise and mental refreshment at the same time. “A variety of […]
August 13th 2012. By TEDx Talks
July 3rd 2012. As people come out at younger and younger ages, experts say they are more likely to enter the workforce out of the closet and less likely to go back in for professional appearances – which will create a more inclusive work environment for employees of all […]
May 10th 2012. Pioneering work in the field was carried out in the early 1970s by Edward Deci, a psychologist at Rochester University in New York. He found that students offered cash prizes to solve puzzles were less likely to continue working on them after payments had been made, compared to […]
May 4th 2012. Aristotle’s philosophy was an influence on Edward Deci and Richard Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory, which suggests that employees will work harder for you, and perform better, if you give them tasks they find meaningful and morally worthwhile. Humans want to believe in something and to serve it. Appeal […]
May 1st 2012. That common put-down aimed at homophobic people – that they may, in fact, be gay themselves – may have some truth to it. Two researchers, Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology, psychiatry and education at the University of Rochester, and William Ryan, a doctoral student in […]
April 30th 2012. Researchers found that among the college freshmen in their study, more than one-fifth of those who described themselves as very straight showed signs of covert homosexuality on the me-cued trials. And these “discrepant” (secretly gay) students happened to be the ones most likely to have expressed […]
April 10th 2012. (CBS News) Do homophobic people actually fear their own unconscious feelings? A new study suggests that people who repress their own sexual attraction to the same sex are more likely to express hostility towards gays. “In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves […]
Huffington Post: Homophobes Gay? Study Ties Anti-Gay Outlook to Homosexuality, Authoritarian ParentingApril 9, 2012
April 9th 2012. “This study shows that if you are feeling that kind of visceral reaction to an out-group, ask yourself, ‘Why?’” co-author Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a statement. “Those intense emotions should serve as a call to self-reflection.” The […]
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The Straits’ Sunday Times (Singapore): Richard Ryan comments on “Should You Reward Your Child for A Grades?”April 1, 2012
April 1st 2012. Say you are a parent trying to get your son to aim for all A*s in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). To get him to work hard, you promise him a reward – a trip to Disneyland or the sleek, new iPad, $150 for every A*. […]
March 20th 2012. A Cincinnati high school’s recent program to pay students to attend class and to follow school rules is another example. It’s the latest in a series of unfortunate efforts to use bribery to force students to learn. Application of these kinds of incentives has been proven […]
February 10th 2012. According to research by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan of the University of Rochester, New York, unreasonable time constraints, micromanagement, focused thinking and overreliance on financial incentives all reduce workplace creativity. So what can you do to foster an inventive environment? Read more at: http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-to/make-your-staff-more-creative By Andrea […]
January 9th 2012. A recent Times article, “Motivating Students With Cash-for-Grades Incentive,” looks at efforts around the world to pay students for academic achievement. In it, Edward Deci, a psychologist at the University of Rochester and author of of “Why We Do What We Do,” is quoted: “It is easy to get […]
The Psychology of Resolutions: Edward Deci explains why people have so much trouble with resolutions and offers his 5 tips on how to be more successful at keeping your ownDecember 28, 2011
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November 28th 2011. Another objection rests on the distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Edward Deci, a psychologist at the University of Rochester, says that extrinsic cash incentives create temporary motives. “You do the work, you get paid. … Then the money stops. Do you still keep going to […]
November 20th 2011. However widely held, do such views represent anything more than entrenched prejudice? Edward Deci maintains they do. “What we think of as the amount of motivation is not nearly as important as the type of motivation,” said Mr. Deci, a professor of psychology at the University of […]
July 8th 2011. “The average age at which gay men come out has fallen steadily in four decades, according to a 2010 survey by the British LGBT group Stonewall. In the 60-plus group of those who had already come out, the average age was 37. For men and women in their […]
VIDEO: In an interview with ABC News Richard Ryan discusses coming out as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and how the environment influences the coming out processJune 30, 2011
June 30th 2011. In an interview with ABC News, Richard Ryan discusses coming out as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and how the environment influences the coming out process. This research was conducted by Nicole Legate, Richard Ryan and Netta Weinstein. Originally posted at: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/video/coming-accepting-environment-affects-happines-13967285
June 30th 2011. In an interview with ABC News, Richard Ryan discusses coming out as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and how the environment influences the coming out process. This research was conducted by Nicole Legate, Richard Ryan and Netta Weinstein. ABC World News
June 22nd 2011. “When people did come out in a certain aspect of their lives, the benefits were tempered by how accepting that community was, said study researcher Richard Ryan, a psychologist at the University of Rochester in New York. “We didn’t find any overall negative effect of coming out […]
May 23rd 2011. “Recently, motivational psychologists have come up with various models to answer these questions. Many researchers maintain that one of our basic needs is autonomy. If we feel we’ve freely chosen to do something, we are happy to do it, and we perform better. Experiments by Edward Deci and Richard […]
May 12th 2011. Try it. You’ll like it. It’s a lie that parents tell their kids all the time, and it’s usually about food. But now there is evidence that even if kids don’t like, say, an icky vegetable, if you can get them to keep sampling the food eventually […]
May 8th 2011. Famed psychologist Edward Deci of the University of Rochester, and spotlight researcher in The New York Times bestseller, Drive, tells Fast Company that rewards “change the relationship” between people and the activities they enjoy doing for free. “Once you begin rewarding them, they start to see it as something they do to get the […]
May 3rd 2011. Consider a place where people feel guilty if they enjoyed themselves — because they aren’t getting anything done. Where people see free time as inferior to the un-free time of work and performance. How’s that for chutzpah? It sounds absurd yet all too familiar, because that place […]
March 15th 2011. The relentless pursuit of happiness may be doing us more harm than good. Some researchers say happiness as people usually think of it—the experience of pleasure or positive feelings—is far less important to physical health than the type of well-being that comes from engaging in meaningful activity. Researchers […]
March 2nd 2011. Free time is not always a fun time for people with autism. Giving them the power to choose their own leisure activities during free time, however, can boost their enjoyment, as well as improve communication and social skills, according to an international team of researchers. “For […]
January 27th 2011. The New York Times recently reported that Florida has adopted a plan that places more than 7,000 students in Miami-Dade County public schools in virtual classrooms where there are no teachers. Regardless of method, it is generally agreed that academic achievement is linked to students’ being motivated […]
January 11th 2011. If there’s one thing the U.S. economy is booming in, it’s the production of mass quantities of onlookers. We have become a nation of spectators, zoning into the glow of digital and high-def screens, cocooned in entertainment centers, oblivious to the sun in the sky, the breeze […]
December 1st 2009. I love spending time outside. From wild places like the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada mountains, to the mundane nature in my back yard, I find comfort in my natural experiences. These places are restful. Peaceful. They restore my batteries, and help me to focus. And […]
November 15th 2010. If humans were cars, we would have been recalled a long time ago for a key fix in the ignition equipment. A serious defect keeps our desire machinery defaulting to a belief that other people, goodies, or status can make us happy or worthy — the exact […]
November 8th 2010. Left alone in a room, a group of people were given a complicated seven-piece puzzle, known as a Soma cube, and told to assemble the pieces into specific designs. One group was offered a monetary reward for each correctly assembled puzzle; another group was offered nothing. […]
October 22nd 2010. Exercising self-control isn’t fun. If you’re dieting, for instance, you may easily resist the blueberry muffin at that impossibly aromatic bakeshop you pass by in the morning. You may then have lunch with your friends but just order a small salad (sans creamy dressing, of course). But […]
October 13th 2010. Knox College’s Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan, from the University of Rochester, have documented that external goals like appearance and possessions are associated with lower self-esteem, higher anxiety and lower well-being. Jennifer Crocker of the University of Michigan reports that, when self-esteem is based on external measures […]
September 20th 2010. With unemployment idling near 10%, the negative effect of job loss on mental health has assumed a sharp relevance. Losing work has been linked to depressive symptoms, heavy alcohol use and even long-term psychological damage. But research suggests that loss of income explains only part of this […]
August 2010. SCIENCEWATCH.COM CORRESPONDENT GARY TAUBES TALKS WITH RYAN ABOUT THE FAR-FLUNG INFLUENCE OF SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY. You’ve been working on Self-Determination Theory for a long time. How did it all begin? I’m a clinical psychologist. The very first motivation project I was involved in, back in the late 1970s, was in […]
August 2010. Ten years ago, the popular business reporter and author Daniel Pink began researching why an increasing number of people were leaving jobs in large organizations to work for themselves. He encountered—“in a pretty cursory way,” as he explains it—work on human motivation by Rochester experimental psychologists Edward […]
July 7th 2010 As a student of how people change, I think often about an interesting conundrum, particularly as it relates to people choosing to be or not to be in the driver’s seat, living a life that supports health and well-being. Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, professors at the University of Rochester and developers of Self-Determination […]
CONFERENCE PRESS RELEASE: What Drives Us? Rochester Model of Human Motivation Attracts Growing AffirmationJune 30, 2010
June 30th 2010. In 1985, with the publication of Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior, University of Rochester psychologists Richard Ryan and Edward Deci launched a new theory for understanding what drives humans. Their model maintained that people are motivated by innate psychological needs for competence, autonomy, and relatedness […]
June 8th 2010. It’s refreshing. It’s invigorating. And it leaves you feeling truly alive. No, I’m not talking about a cold shower or a fruit smoothie with a mochachino chaser. I’m talking about nature. Because according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, getting outside—or even just […]
May 15th 2010. 4th International SDT Conference held in Ghent University in Belgium In May, Self-Determination Theory held its 4th international scientific conference in Ghent, Belgium. It was clear that the SDT psychological framework is thriving. The four-day conference attracted 128 papers and 276 posters presented by 550 researchers from […]
April 5th 2010. Forget all the things you may currently believe about motivating employees. Cash incentives to stimulate productivity may work in the short term, but are ultimately not sustainable. Threats are also short lived because employee resentment brings about ill will and this is counterproductive in the long run. […]
WALL STREET JOURNAL: More Than a Paycheck Workers are more efficient, loyal and creative when they feel a sense of purpose—when work has meaningFebruary 5, 2010
February 5th 2010. “The science that Mr. Pink is referring to rests largely on the work of Edward Deci and Richard Ryan at the University of Rochester and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at Claremont Graduate University. These three researchers have found that we do our best work when motivated from within, when […]
January 19th 2010. Motivation in Education Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Education in Singapore held it’s inaugural seminar on motivation in education on January 19th with invited talks from Rich Ryan and Ed Deci on ‘Nurturing the Active Learner.’ Click here to learn more
January 12th 2010. “From construction laborers and secretaries to physicians and lawyers, people experience better moods, greater vitality, and fewer aches and pains from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, concludes the first study of daily mood variation in employed adults to be published in the January 2010 issue of the […]
September 30th 2009. Paying attention to the natural world not only makes you feel better, it makes you behave better, finds a new study to be published October 1 in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. “Stopping to experience our natural surroundings can have social as well as personal benefits,” […]
September 14th 2009. “In 2004, two Israeli researchers, Avi Assor and Guy Roth, joined Edward L. Deci, a leading American expert on the psychology of motivation, in asking more than 100 college students whether the love they had received from their parents had seemed to depend on whether they […]
2009. “SDT, Physical Activity, and Well-Being” headlines the latest Hellenic Journal of Psychology Find out more about the Hellenic Journal of Psychology at: http://www.pseve.org/journalinfo/journalv6b.asp
August 1st 2009. SDT articles featured in Canadian Psychology’s August 2008 special issue. Follow the link for more information on featured articles: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/cap/49/3/
July 2009. Gagné and Deci’s 2005 article, “Self-determination theory and work motivation,” appeared in the Journal of Organizational Behavior’s 30th anniversary edition as one of the 8 most influential articles published in JOB since its founding in 1980 Read more at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/job.v30:5/issuetoc
May 22nd 2009. “Having lots of money, good looks and fame may sound like a sure ticket to happiness, but a new study suggests otherwise. Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York tracked 147 college graduates, evaluating their goals and their happiness at two points in time […]
RESEARCH STUDY: “Players Love the Game Not the Gore – Psychology Study Shows That Violence Does Not Motivate Video Game Players.”February 16, 2009
January 16th 2009. “These elements, said coauthor Richard Ryan, a motivational psychologist at the University, represent “the core reasons that people find games so entertaining and compelling. Conflict and war are a common and powerful context for providing these experiences, but it is the need satisfaction in the gameplay […]
February 14th 2009. Blood, guts and gore aren’t what thrill avid gamers when they slaughter zombies in The House of the Dead III video game, a new study suggests. Instead, feelings of control and competence are what the players crave. The new research, led by psychologist Richard Ryan at the […]
Richard Ryan interviewed by ScienCentral on a new SDT study, released today, showing that “violence” is not what attracts players. This comes just a few days after a U.S. congressman proposed legislation that would brand violent video games with a health warning. The research could be reassuring news for parents. University […]
July 22nd 2008. Scientists say this need for community may be a result of humanity’s long evolution in groups. Living together conferred an advantage, they say. In the hunter-gatherer world, relatedness, autonomy, curiosity, and competence – the very things that psychologists find make people happy – “had payoffs that were […]
May 4th 2007. Realizing that some people may feel guilty about reporting pleasure-seeking behaviors, Steger and his colleagues then modified the survey questions slightly to make them seem less exceptionable, and asked a new group of students to perform the study again, this time over a four-week period. The psychologists […]
January 15th 2007. Researchers say they’ve found another reason why video games are so hard to give up: They may help fulfill basic psychological needs. In a study published in the January issue ofMotivation and Emotion, investigators from the University of Rochester and Immersyve Inc. looked at what motivated […]