Edward L. Deci


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Edward L. Deci is Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences and professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and also studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of London, and Hamilton College. He was an interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. For more than 45 years, Deci has been engaged in a program of research on human motivation. Deci has published 10 books, including “Intrinsic Motivation,” “The Psychology of Self-Determination,” “Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior,” “Why We Do What We Do,” and “The Handbook of Self-Determination Research.” His writings have been translated into seven languages. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Deci has lectured and consulted at more than 100 universities, as well as many businesses, government agencies, and other organizations in 24 countries on six continents. He was chair of the board of the Institute for Research and Reform in Education from 1995 to 2008.