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Covid-19 Project: “Meaning in the Coronavirus crisis”

April 16, 2020 by Shannon

SDT scholars in Finland are going to run a daily diary study on ’Meaning in the Coronavirus crisis’. It will measure – using one-item scales – the following constructs:* Daily meaningfulness* Daily autonomy* Daily competence* Daily relatedness* Daily beneficence* Positive affect* Negative affect* Fear* Vitality* Hope* Optimism* Pessimism* Meliorism For more information on this study […]

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Covid-19 Project: “Motivating Messages About Social Distancing”

April 16, 2020 by Shannon

Do autonomy-supportive messages help people internalize the value of social distancing, and do controlling messages backfire? These are the questions SDT researchers, Nicole Legate, Thuy-vy Ngyuen, Netta Weinstein, Arlen Moller & Lisa Legault are exploring as part of a larger Covid-19 Psychological Science Accelerator project. 

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Podcast: Carrots, sticks … and other ways to motivate with Dr. Richard M. Ryan, hosted by ABC Australia, All in the Mind (2018)

March 21, 2019 by Shannon

What does it take to drag yourself off the couch and get motivated on a fitness regime? The last thing you want is for someone else to hassle you into going to the gym—it’s just not going to happen. In all areas of life, to be well motivated we need to feel autonomous and find our own internal rewards. We hear from a renowned motivational psychologist and a personal trainer about what works.

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