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The Atlantic: How Kids Learn Resilience

June 10, 2016 by Shannon

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.

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SDT Co-Founder Richard Ryan presents Webinar on Physical Activity and Nutrition for the ISBNPA

November 8, 2015 by Steph Green

Richard Ryan, Co-founder of Self-Determination Theory presents a Webinar on SDT, physical activity, and nutrition, for the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). Click here to view the Webinar: ‘Promoting Health through Engagement rather than Control: Research on Behavior Change from Self-Determination Theory’.

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New Book Release from SDT Faculty Member Valery Chirkov – ‘Fundamentals of Research on Culture and Psychology: Theory and Methods’

October 20, 2015 by Steph Green

Deemed “An excellent educational source about how to think, plan, and conduct research on culture and psychology…” by Eric Shiraev of George Mason University, it is clear that the new book release from SDT faculty member Valery Chirkov is one to add to your ‘To Read’ list under the ‘Research on Cultures‘ category. This book is […]

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SDT used to decrease the substantial gender disparity amongst US STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Faculty.

October 13, 2015 by Steph Green

Eighty-one percent of US STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) university faculty members are men. A Montana State University team led by Jessi L. Smith is attempting to change this substantial gender disparity. Using Self-determination theory as their basis, they formulated a three-step intervention, a faculty recruiting procedure with each part focusing on the three […]

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New Book Release: ‘Goal Setting and Motivation in Therapy: Engaging Children and Parents’

October 12, 2015 by Steph Green

The anticipated new book ‘Goal Setting and Motivation in Therapy: Engaging Children and Parents’ by editors Jenny Ziviani, Anne Poulsen & Monica Cuskelly has just been released! Including a foreword by Richard Ryan, the book highlights the importance of goal-setting and goal pursuit in children’s therapy, rendering it a vital motivational component. It involves principal […]

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VentureBeat: Why do we enjoy playing games that simulate jobs we would never want to do in real life?

October 12, 2015 by Steph Green

Jamie Madigan, author of the new book ‘Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them’, answered this question by pointing to Edward Deci and Richard Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory. Madigan notes that it is “curious and sometimes baffling that people will willingly spend hours and hours playing games that […]

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Mediate.com: What Makes Lawyers Happy? How Can You Help?

September 28, 2015 by Steph Green

September 28, 2015 By John Lande They say money can’t buy happiness. John Lande, a Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law summarizes the findings of Lawrence Krieger and Kennon Sheldon’s notable study on ‘What Makes Lawyers Happy? A Data-Driven Prescription to Redefine Professional Success’. Basing their research on Self-Determination Theory, this in-depth […]

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