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  Self Determination: What Motivates You?
  April 7, 2013

10:30 a.m. - Noon

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
Washington Ballroom, Salon 2
10 Avery Street
Boston, Massachusetts

  Self-Determination: What Motivates You?

Edward L. Deci
Professor of Psychology
and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences

We are most deeply engaged, and do our most creative work, when we feel that we are acting according to our own will on behalf of goals we find meaningful. - Self-Determination Theory

Many people think of rewards as the important motivators across life's domains. Yet research indicates that rewards such as prizes and money were not only less effective than behavioral psychologists had long supposed, but under some circumstances could actually diminish people's feelings of engagement and motivation.

Join University of Rochester alumni, parents and friends for an enlightening morning of discussion about self-determination. Edward L. Deci, Professor of Psychology and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences, will expound on how applying the theory's concepts can lead to enhanced performance and psychological well being. 

eci, an internationally recognized scholar in the field of human motivation, holds a doctorate in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and was an interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. He has published 10 books, including: Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior and Why We Do What We Do. He is also a grantee of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Education Science. 

Admission is $15 and includes brunch.

If your class year ends in a 3 or an 8, congratulations on your Reunion!  We invite you to attend this event free of charge.

*If anyone in your party has dietary restrictions of which we should be aware, please notify us at the phone number below.

Please register below or if questions call 877.635.4672 or 585.273.5888.


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