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Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (CGU)


Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management
Founding Co-Director, Quality of Life Research Center

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1965
B.A., University of Chicago, 1960

Teaching Interests and Areas of Expertise

Creativity and Innovation, Managing Flow

Current Research Interests

Professor Csikszentmihalyi is the founder and co-director of the Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC). The QLRC is a non-profit research institute that studies "positive psychology"; that is, human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility.

Professional Activities

Professor Csikszentmihalyi is a member of the American Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Leisure Studies.

Selected Recent Works

Abuhamdeh, S. & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2012). Attentional involvement and intrinsic motivation. Motivation and Emotion, 36, 3, 257-267.

Abuhamdeh, S. & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2011). Optimal Challenges in Internet Chess. Journal of Personality and Social Behavior.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. & Nakamura, J. (2011). Positive Psychology: Where did it come from, where is it going? In K.M. Sheldon, T. B. Kashdan, & M.F. Steger (Eds.) Designing Positive Psychology. New York, Oxford University Press, pp.2-9.

Donaldson, S.I., Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Nakamura, J. (Eds.). (2011). Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society. London: Routledge Academic.

Li, Q., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2014). Moral creativity and creative morality. In S. Moran, D. Cropley, & J.C. Kaufman (Eds.), The ethics of creativity (pp. 75-91). New York: Palmgrave Macmillan.

Ullen, F., De Manzano, O., Almeida, R. Magnusson, P.K.E., Pedersen, N. L., Nakamura, J., Csikszentmihalyi, M., Madison, G. (2012). Proneness for psychological flow in everyday life: Association with personality and intelligence. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 167-172.

Selected Publications

"Experience Sampling Method: Measuring the Quality of Everyday Life", Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications Inc., 2007.

"A Life Worth Living: Contributions to Positive Psychology", New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

"Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning", New York: Viking, 2003.

"Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet", New York: Basic Books, 2001.

"Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life:, New York: Basic Books, 1997.

"Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention", New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

"The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millenium", New York, Harper Collins, 1993.

"Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience", New York: Harper & Row, 1990.