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Richard Ryan

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

Press contact:
Monique Patenaude
(585) 276-3693

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April 09, 2014

Aggression from video games studied
April 07, 2014

Daily Nation
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New study proves exposure to nature directly improves happiness
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July 21, 2013

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May 10, 2013

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March 26, 2013

People are willing to torture others if ordered to do so by authority figures
March 15, 2013
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March 11, 2013

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March 10, 2013
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March 05, 2013

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August 15, 2012

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Study examines the roots of homophobia
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July 27, 2011

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July 08, 2011

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Coming Out: Accepting Environment Affects Happiness
June 30, 2011

Support for coming out
June 28, 2011

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June 23, 2011

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Two Studies on Gays Coming Out...or Not
June 22, 2011

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Support is key to 'coming out' process for gay people
June 21, 2011

Los Angeles Times
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June 21, 2011

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Halfway Out: Why Many Stay Closeted in the Workplace
June 20, 2011

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May 23, 2011

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Study: Beautiful people cash in on their looks
March 30, 2011

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Study: Beautiful people cash in on their looks
March 29, 2011

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March 16, 2011

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February 17, 2011

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PSYCHOLOGY: Cracking the mystery of motivation
December 08, 2010

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October 22, 2010

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

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Achieving Happiness: Showing kindness brings happiness
April 11, 2010

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

USA Today
There's a reason you're happiest on weekends
January 12, 2010

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

Scientific American
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December 01, 2009

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June 04, 2009

U.S. News & World Report
Happiness Has Nothing to Do with Wealth
June 04, 2009

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May 23, 2009

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May 15, 2009

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February 14, 2009

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July 22, 2008

New York Times
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April 08, 2008

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May 04, 2007

Washington Post
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January 15, 2007

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Richard Ryan Awarded Honorary Degree from University of Thessaly in Greece
October 17, 2012

Is Coming Out Always A Good Thing?
June 15, 2011

What Drives Us?
June 30, 2010

Spending Time in Nature Makes People Feel More Alive, Study Shows
June 03, 2010

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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:

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