Developmental, humanistic, industrial and organizational, personality and social, psychotherapy
1942, Clifton Springs, New York, USA
Edward L. Deci (/ˈdiːsi/; born in 1942) is a Professor of Psychology and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Rochester, and director of its human motivation program. He is well known in psychology for his theories of intrinsic and ...
Edward L. Deci (/ˈdiːsi/; born in 1942) is a Professor of Psychology and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Rochester, and director of its human motivation program. He is well known in psychology for his theories of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and basic psychological needs. With Richard Ryan, he is the co-founder of self-determination theory (SDT), an influential contemporary motivational theory. Self-determination theory is a macro theory of human motivation that differentiates between autonomous and controlled forms of motivation; the theory has been applied to predict behavior and inform behavior change in many contexts including: education, health care, work organizations, parenting, and sport (as well as many others).
Deci is also Director of the Monhegan Museum (in Monhegan, Maine) where he spends his summers writing about psychology and art (though rarely at the same time).
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Rochester, APA Fellow
Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Editor, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Editor, Journal of Applied Psychology
Editor, Journal of Educational Psychology
1970 Management and Motivation. Penguin (ed. with V. H. Vroom).
1971 Effects of externally mediated rewards on intrinsic motivation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 18, 105-15.
1972 Intrinsic motivation, extrinsic reinforcement and inequity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 22, 113-20.
1975 Cognitive evaluation theory and some comments on the Calder, Staw Critique. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 31, 81-5 (with W. Cascio and J. Krusell).
1975 Intrinsic Motivation. Plenum.
1977 Industrial and Organizational Psychology. McGraw-Hill (with B.v. H. Gilmer).
1978 On the importance of self-determination for intrinsically motivated behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 4, 443-6 (with M. Zuckerman, J. Porac, D. Lathin and R. Smith).
1980 The Psychology of Self-determination. Lexington.
1981 Characteristics of the rewarder and intrinsic motivation of the rewardee. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 40, 1-10 (with J. Nezlek and L. Sheinman).
1981 When trying to win: Competition and intrinsic motivation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 7, 79-83 (with G. Betley, J. Kahle, L. Abrams and J. Porac).
1982 The effects of performance standards on teaching styles: The behavior of controlling teachers. Journal of Educational Psychology, 74, 852-9 (with N. Speigel, R. Ryan, R. Koestner and M. Kauffman).
1985 Intrinsic Motivation and Self-determination in Human Behavior. Plenum (with R. M. Ryan).
1991 Ego-involved persistence: When free-choice behavior is not intrinsically motivated. Motivation and Emotion, 15, 185-205 (with R. M. Ryan and R. Koestner).
1992 Beyond the intrinsic-extrinsic dichotomy: Self-determination in motivation and learning. Special issue: Perspectives on intrinsic motivation. Motivation and Emotion, 16, 165-85 (with C. S. Rigby, B. C. Patrick and R. M. Ryan).
1994 Facilitating internalization: The self- determination theory perspective. Journal of Personality, 62, 119-42 (with H. Eghrari, B. C. Patrick and D. R. Leone).
1994 Promoting self-determined education. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 38, 3-14 (with R. M. Ryan).