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.

Continue Reading

New SDT Book by Ryan & Deci. Get your Special Discount Now!

August 8, 2017 by Shannon

The 2nd Printing of the Self-Determination Theory Book just released with embossed cover This long-awaited book by Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci is now available around the globe!   North and South America Use discount code:  AFSDT Click here to order * discount code will auto-generate when using link above UK & Europe Use discount code:  GUIL3 […]

Continue Reading

New Straits Time: Gaming isn’t all bad

February 13, 2017 by Shannon

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 :

Continue Reading

Richard Ryan Faculty Biography

August 9, 2015 by Shannon

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 and co-developer of Self-Determination Theory, […]

Continue Reading

ISBNPA 2015 Pre-Conference Event

June 2, 2015 by Shannon

    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, program or intervention. In this […]

Continue Reading

New York Times: Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness

May 14, 2015 by Shannon

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 be mine,’ ” said Lawrence […]

Continue Reading Outdoor ‘green’ can fight the blues

January 11, 2015 by Shannon

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 more energy for things they […]

Continue Reading

Fast Company: How to turn your Monday into a day you actually enjoy

September 25, 2014 by Shannon

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 Rochester One study on why […]

Continue Reading