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Motivation in Learning, Work and Wellbeing: research and practice from the perspective of self-determination theory

A public lecture by Professor Richard M. Ryan, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University and Research Professor in Psychology, University of Rochester and 2016 IAS Short-Stay Visiting Fellow.

Richard RyanIn every setting - in schools, workplaces, clinics, and athletics - fostering high quality motivation is a critical issue. In this talk Dr Ryan presented research based on self-determination theory (SDT) concerning how managers, teachers, coaches, therapists and parents can facilitate or undermine autonomous motivation and its positive consequences for learning and wellness.

He also discussed such varied issues as: what sustains motivation over time; how feedback, evaluations and incentives impact behaviour; and what is culturally universal and culturally specific about motivational principles. Finally, he discussed practical elements in motivating oneself and others.

Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D. is Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University and Research Professor in Psychology at the University of Rochester. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher, with over 300 published articles and books. Ryan is a co-founder of Self-Determination Theory, an internationally researched theory of personality development and motivation that has been applied to areas as management, education, parenting, health care, sport, video games, psychotherapy.