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Edward Deci

Professor Of Psychology And Gowen Professor In The Social Sciences
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Clinical And Social Sciences In Psychology

Areas of expertise: Human motivation

Press contact:
Monique Patenaude
(585) 276-3693

Related Links:
Edward Deci Home Page
Self-Determination Theory

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KWTV News Channel
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October 23, 2015

Psychology Today
Finding Hope and Security in Relationships
October 23, 2015

Mother Jones
What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?
August 27, 2015

Mother Jones
What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?
July 07, 2015

Human Resources MBA
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October 16, 2014

World's Top 30 Education Professionals for 2014
Global Gurus
July 25, 2014
4 Steps To Reaching Your Money Goals -- Faster!
April 24, 2014
Is Your Managerial Ego Too Big?
April 11, 2014

Yahoo! Finance
Is Your Managerial Ego Too Big?
April 11, 2014

KQED Public Radio - San Francisco
The Difference Between Praise and Feedback
March 28, 2014

Strategy & Business
Stop Looking for Passion at Work
January 21, 2014

ABC News
Best and Worst Health Trends of 2013
December 25, 2013

Feedback doesn’t work. Here is why and what you can do about it
December 12, 2013

Austin American Statesman
What the Seinfeld Actors Can Teach You About Hiring. No Joke
October 16, 2013

The New York Times
The Accumulated Wisdom on Bribing Your Children
October 03, 2013

Huffington Post
"What Would You Do With Ten Extra Years of Life?" Think About It | Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz
September 07, 2013

Rochester Business Journal
Job satisfaction often trumps a hefty paycheck
July 05, 2013

Huffington Post
John Thompson: Cell Phone Experiment by MacArthur Genius Gets Students to Say They Value School
June 25, 2013

Scientific American
How to Be a Better Boss
June 17, 2013

Scientific American
How to Be a Better Friend
April 28, 2013

Huffington Post
Barbara Bruno: NFL Draft Preparation: Put Your Money Where Your Mindset Is
March 03, 2013

Indiana Gazette
Some parents use bribery to get children to behave
February 20, 2013

New Jersey Herald
The way forward: New High Point school chief talks shop
February 05, 2013

Slate Magazine
Experts Say Not To Bribe Kids. I'll Give You $10 and Stale Candy If You Prove Them Wrong.
January 15, 2013

New York Times
Train a Parent, Spare a Child
January 11, 2013

3 Lessons from Edward Deci on Why Cash Is Not King for Employee Motivation
December 05, 2012

Want happy workers? Pour on the praise
December 04, 2012

Canada Globe and Mail
Money not a great workplace motivator, expert says
November 29, 2012

Inside Employee Motivation: Does Money Really Make a Difference?
November 29, 2012

Yahoo! Finance
Inside Employee Motivation: Does Money Really Make a Difference?
November 26, 2012

Inside Employee Motivation: Does Money Really Make a Difference?
November 26, 2012

Scientific American
Three Critical Elements Sustain Motivation
November 21, 2012

Wired News
How 'Gamification' Can Make Your Customer Service Worse
November 14, 2012

The Washington Post
Bribing students: Another 'magical solution' that doesn't work
March 21, 2012

The New York Times
Guest Post | Helping Students Motivate Themselves
January 09, 2012

The New Republic
No Bribe Left Behind: Putting Newt's Zaniest Education Policy to the Test
December 28, 2011

The New York Times
Motivating Students With Cash-For-Grades Incentive
November 20, 2011

Choosing to Perform Well
May 23, 2011

CBS MoneyWatch
Kids and Money: 5 Ways to Instill Good Habits
May 12, 2011

Fast Company
Facebook Paying Users For Ad Views: The Good, The Bad, and The Psychologically Ugly
May 09, 2011

Huffington Post
The Secret to a Life of No Regrets: Live Before You Die
May 03, 2011
U of Rochester motivation guru takes his show on the road
March 21, 2011
Freedom to Choose Leisure Activities Benefits People with Autism
March 02, 2011

The School of Life
Julian Evans on why Aristotle is the patron saint of the Digital Age
February 23, 2011

The Huffington Post
Face to Face: Virtual Teachers Can't Replace the Real Thing
January 28, 2011

Huffington Post
Spectator Nation: Are You a Screen Junkie?
January 11, 2011

Ottawa Citizen
How to make lasting changes in your life
December 31, 2010

Bank On Yourself
The Secret to Making Your Financial New Year’s Resolutions Stick – You!
December 21, 2010

Rochester City Newspaper
PSYCHOLOGY: Cracking the mystery of motivation
December 08, 2010

Huffington Post
The 3 Core Needs: Satisfy Them and You'll Be Happy
November 15, 2010

Eyewitness News 9-TV
Will Free Phones, Minutes Motivate Okc Students?
October 08, 2010

Los Angeles Times
Busy bodies, happy minds
September 18, 2010

New America Foundation
Rewards for Kids: Benign Incentives or Worrisome Bribes?
September 15, 2010

The Huffington Post
The Invisible Epidemic of Life Deficit Disorder
September 08, 2010

Richard Ryan on the Many Applications of Self-Determination Theory
August 03, 2010

The Huffington Post
Who Is Driving Your Health and Wellness?
July 16, 2010

Seattle Post Intelligencer
Motivating Employees in the 21st Century
April 06, 2010

England Times
New York cash rewards that encouraged poor pupils to learn will end
April 01, 2010
Cash for Good Behavior Program Yields Mixed Results
March 30, 2010

Phoenix AZ Central
'Every Classroom, Every Day' program coming to Tolleson
March 01, 2010

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Get back on track
February 24, 2010

The Wall Street Journal
More Than a Paycheck
February 01, 2010

Straits Times
Freedom expands learning
January 19, 2010

'Drive' Not Always Explained By Rewards
January 04, 2010

Flipping the switch is only the first step
January 04, 2010

New Scientist
Free yourself from oppression by technology
December 16, 2009

New York Times
When a Parent's 'I Love You' Means 'Do as I Say'
September 15, 2009

Tehran Times
Money relieves pain
August 24, 2009

Feeling pain? Finger your cash
July 24, 2009

Womens Health Mag
Stay Motivated!
June 29, 2009

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Money, fame and looking good
June 16, 2009

Yahoo! Finance
Money & Happiness
June 04, 2009

1370 Connection: Dr. Edward Deci, U of R
May 29, 2009

ABC News
Looks, Money, Fame Don't Bring Happiness
May 23, 2009

Money vs. Happiness
May 15, 2009

Christian Science Monitor
Better grades through cash
March 04, 2009

New York Times
Rewards for students under a microscope
March 03, 2009

LA Times
Pay to learn shortchanges kids (opinion)
September 05, 2008

Washington Post
When Play Becomes Work
July 28, 2008

Tampa Tribune, Florida
Today's Students Find It Pays To Go To School
June 27, 2008

New York Times
Schools experiment with paying kids
June 13, 2008

Fortune Magazine
The man who would be Robbins, Covey, and Chopra
April 08, 2008

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Professor Deci is a frequently interviewed expert on human motivation, specifically self-determination. His research also explores work environments and how to motivate employees. He examines a variety of issues in human motivation, isolating basic processes and testing their application to education, health care, parenting, mental health, and work organizations in the US and across cultures. Using both laboratory and field methods, his work focuses primarily on the nature and development of self-determination.

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