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Autonomous motivation in a relational world Seminar

16:00 - 18:00
20 November 2014
University of Southampton Highfield Campus Shackleton Building (Building 44) Level 1, Room 1087

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Coral Abraham or Allyson Marchi at; .

Event details

Visiting Speaker - Autumn Psychology Seminar Series

Autonomy versus control oriented individuals are less defensive and more responsive in new and close relationships, leading to more satisfying interactions with others. This talk will present recent findings that examine in more depth the relational consequences of autonomous motivation, and through these, implications for well-being. These studies use experimental, longitudinal, diary, and correlational designs, and both "objective" and "subjective" indicators in relationships. I will discuss research on adaptive responses in relationships, with findings on inappropriate aggression and prejudice, and on projection of goals. I will also discuss findings on autonomous versus controlled individuals' satisfying relationships in the long term. In addition, I will discuss how autonomy supportive interactions can facilitate individuals' sense of identity and self-coherence. Finally, I will examine how these relational constructs impact on health and well-being, including effects on blood pressure. These findings will be contextualized within the broader self-determination theory literature. 

Speaker information

Dr Netta Weinstein, University of Essex. Dr Netta Weinstein obtained her PhD Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester in New York, with a research emphasis of social and motivational psychology. Before joining our Department, she was an associate researcher at the University of Hamburg, in Germany, in the Department of Motivation and Education.

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