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Ed Deci

Promoting Motivation, Health, and Excellence
Video Description: 

Ed will describe two common forms of motivation; autonomous and controlled. He discusses the different results of each form and the implications for aspects of our lives; especially work and relationships."

Edward Deci is a professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester and director of the human motivation program. He is well known in psychology for his theories of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and basic psychological needs. With Richard Ryan, he is the co-founder of self-determination theory, an influential contemporary motivational theory that has been applied to predict behavior and to bring about behavior change in areas like education, health care, work organizations, parenting, and sports. Dr. Deci is also Director of the Monhegan Museum (in Monhegan, Maine) where he spends his summers writing about psychology and art.