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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
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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.