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Professor of Psychology and Education
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of Clinical And Social Sciences In Psychology
Areas of expertise: Motivation, personality, psychotherapy, well-being, materialism, education and video games
In the News
Spending money on experiences, rather than items, increases happiness
April 19, 2014
Rochester City Newspaper
April 16, 2014
Frustration, not violence in games to be blamed for gamer aggression
April 09, 2014
Aggression from video games studied
April 07, 2014
Is Coming Out Always A Good Thing?
June 15, 2011
What Drives Us?
June 30, 2010
Richard Ryan's research focuses on motivation, personality development, and well-being. His current research interests include: acquisition and the impact of materialism; motivation for video games; and facilitation versus undermining of intrinsic motivation for sport and learning, among other topics. He is also involved in applied motivational research in the domains of health care, education, sport, religion, work, and psychotherapy. His research can be directly accessed at: www.selfdeterminationtheory.org.