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Business Pre-Conference with Richard Ryan, Edward Deci & Scott Rigby June 1st

 

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Self-Determination Theory (SDT) is a theory of motivation. It is concerned with supporting our natural or intrinsic tendencies to behave in effective and healthy ways. SDT has been researched and practiced by a network of researchers around the world.

The theory was initially developed by Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan, and has been elaborated and refined by scholars from many countries. Deci is currently a professor at the University of Rochester in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology in Rochester, NY; Ryan, a clinical psychologist, was recently appointed as Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia.  Together and separately Deci and Ryan have promoted SDT through theory, research, and their ongoing training of scholars.

This website presents a brief overview of SDT and provides resources that address important issues such as human needs, values, intrinsic motivation, development, motivation across cultures, individual differences, and psychological well-being. Also addressed are the applications of Self-Determination Theory to:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Relationships
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Organizations
  • Sports and Exercise
  • Goals
  • Health and Well-being
  • Environment

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CONFERENCE UPDATES:  Early-Bird Registration Ends Feb 28th!!!!!

CONFERENCE UPDATES: Early-Bird Registration Ends Feb 28th!!!!!

Don’t miss out!   Early-bird Registration rates expire on February 28th!REGISTRATION RATES (Early Bird) Student: $285 CAD (approx. $215 USD) Faculty/Professional:...

 
See Recent SDT Online Articles here first.

See Recent SDT Online Articles here first.

Recently Published Articles around SDT: Smith, J. L., Handley, I. M., Zale, A, V., Rushing, S., & Potvin, M, A. (In Press). Now hiring! Empirically testing...

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

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

Richard Ryan, Co-founder of Self-Determination Theory presents a Webinar on SDT, physical activity, and nutrition, for the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition...

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

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

Deemed “An excellent educational source about how to think, plan, and conduct research on culture and psychology…” by Eric Shiraev of George Mason University,...

 
‘What Do Thought Leaders Say About Wellness?’ Listen to the ‘Brave Endurance Wellness Podcast’ with SDT Co-Founder Richard Ryan.

‘What Do Thought Leaders Say About Wellness?’ Listen to the ‘Brave Endurance Wellness Podcast’ with SDT Co-Founder Richard Ryan.

‘What do thought leaders say about wellness?’ Dr. James Kelly interviews Dr. Richard Ryan on the ‘Brave Endurance Wellness Podcast’. Richard Ryan discusses...