Self-Determination Theory in Polar Environment

The aim of this project is to shift the focus to view psychosocial alterations during polar expeditions as resilience challenges instead of resilience failures. This research will use the framework of self-determination theory, which provides a framework for clear predictions on what contribute to flourishing: satisfaction of humans’ basic psychological needs. As such, this project looks at how humans’ behaviours will evolve to adapt to new challenging environments, and predicts that the satisfaction of basic psychological needs is the core of such adaptation

Collaborator

RESILIENCE AND WELL-BEING IN POLAR REGIONS USING BASIC PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS THEORY (Lead: Paul Burgum)

 

For this project, PhD student Paul Burgum is collecting data from individuals who have been in the Polar regions recently and explored different predictors of their psychological well-being and ill-being while being there. The project will be built on one of self-determination theory's mini theory - the Basic Psychological Needs Theory - to make prediction around how individual characteristics and social support systems contribute to well-being through satisfaction of needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. 

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Paul Burgum
PhD student

Department of Psychology

Durham University

Email:

paul.burgum@durham.ac.uk