Richard Koestner

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Office: 2001 McGill College, 1456
Phone: 514.398.6110


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Department of Psychology
2001 McGill College, 7th floor
Montreal, QC
H3A 1G1


Richard Koestner

Research Areas:

Clinical Psychology | Social & PersonalityDevelopmental Science

Research Summary:

Prof. Koestner conducts research on goal-setting, self-regulation and internalization processes. Broad questions of interest include: How do individuals motivate themselves to pursue valued goals? and How do they determine which goals and guidelines to internalize from their social-cultural surroundings? Professor Koestner's recent work has focused on the maladaptive consequences of regulation based on extrinsic rewards or controlling introjects.

Selected References:

Chua, S., & Koestner, R. (2008) A self-determination theory perspective on the role of autonomy in solitary behaviour. Journal of Social Psychology, 148, 645-647.

Koestner, R. (2008)  Reaching one’s personal goals: A motivational analysis focusing on autonomy. Canadian Psychologist, 49, 60-67.

Koestner, R., Otis, N., Powers, T., Pelletier, L., & Gagnon, H. (2008) Autonomous motivation, controlled motivation and goal progress. Journal of Personality, 76, 1201- 1230.

Landry, R., Whipple, N., Mageau, G., Joussemet, M., Gingras, I., Didio, L., & Koestner, R. (2008) Trust in organismic development, autonomy support, and adaptation among mothers and their children: A self-determination theory approach to parenting. Motivation & Emotion, 32, 173-188.

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