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Coping with Covid-19: Robert J. Vallerand and Larry King

Coping with COVID Episode 8

Do the days seem to just keep passing by? Are you feeling lost? Watch our next episode of Coping with COVID with Larry King and Dr. James Pawelski. They interview Dr. Robert Vallerand, an expert on passions. He gives excellent advice on developing passions and when they contribute to our happiness and when they don’t. Spoiler alert: having passions that are in harmony with your life increases well-being!

Posted by Positive Voices on Thursday, 28 May 2020


The Research Laboratory on Social Behavior (RLSB) was founded in 1983 by Robert J. Vallerand, now a Full professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Université du Quebec at Montreal (UQAM).

Professor Vallerand is currently Director of the RLSB and  Chairholder for the Canada Research Chair on Motivational Processes and Optimal Functioning-1.

The RLSB has three main objectives:

  1. Conducts theoretical research and more specifically in the field of Social Psychology. Thus, theoretical models on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and/or passion have been developed.
  2. Conducts theoretically inspired applied research on important social problems such as high school dropouts, successful aging, gambling, health issues, well-being in sports, etc.
  3. Training future researchers and university professors. Over the years, more than 25 university professors and other social scientists have been trained in our laboratory.

For more information on our research on the concept of passion, you can read the two following books:

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