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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
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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: www.selfdeterminationtheory.org.