Deci, Edward and Ryan, Richard
Early Life and Educational Background
Edward L. Deci was born in Palmyra, NY, in October 1942. He graduated as a mathematics major from Hamilton College in 1964, spent a year in Europe, received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, and was awarded a PhD in social psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1970. His dissertation, supervised by Victor H. Vroom, examined the effects of social-contextual factors on intrinsic motivation. Deci was also an interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He became an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in 1970, followed by associate professor, then full professor, and in 2006 he was named the Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the social sciences moving to emeritus status in 2017. Deci was director of the Human Motivation Program in the Department of Psychology at the University Rochester from 1978 to 2017.
Richard M. Ryanwas born in Utica, NY in May...
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