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JUST RELEASED: “Handbook of Mindfulness” by Brown, Creswell & Ryan

April 15, 2015 by Shannon

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 are written in a clear […]

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Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior

May 27, 2014 by Shannon

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

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Handbook of Self-Determination Research

May 27, 2014 by Shannon

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.

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Oxford Handbook of Work Engagement, Motivation, & Self-Determination Theory

May 21, 2014 by Shannon

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.

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Human Motivation and Interpersonal Relationships

April 25, 2014 by Shannon

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.

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Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic: Motivating Physical and Mental Health

April 1, 2014 by Shannon

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.

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The Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation

March 30, 2014 by Shannon

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.

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The Art and Science of Motivation: A Therapist’s Guide to Working with Children

March 2, 2014 by Shannon

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.

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Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context: Perspectives on the Psychology of Agency, Freedom, and Well-Being

March 1, 2014 by Shannon

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).

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