Scientific American: Three Critical Elements Sustain Motivation

October 18, 2012 by Shannon

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 researchers have found that the...

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ROCHESTER REVIEW: Self-Determined: What motivates you?

August 1, 2010 by Shannon

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 Deci and Richard Ryan. Two...

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CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Why your happiness matters to the planet

July 22, 2008 by Shannon

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 pretty clear,” says Richard Ryan, a...

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