Frank Martela


Description of research and teaching

Frank Martela received his Ph.D. in Applied Philosophy and Organizational Research from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management of Aalto University, Finland in 2012. His dissertation focused on caring and compassion between employees and clients in a nursing home. After that he spent the year 2013 in Human Motivation Research Group of University of Rochester, looking at what makes human beings intrinsically motivated to help other people. Currently, he works as a post-doctoral researcher in University of Helsinki. He operates both within social psychology and organizational research and his research interests include intrinsic motivation, altruism, compassion, meaning in life, and pragmatic philosophy of science.

Further information on the affiliationPost-doctoral researcher

Curriculum Vitae

Latest publications

  1. Meaningfulness as Satisfaction of Autonomy, Competence, Relatedness, and Beneficence: Comparing the Four Satisfactions and Positive Affect as Predictors of Meaning in Life

    Martela, F., Ryan, R. M. & Steger, M. F., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Happiness Studies. 19, 5, p. 1261-1282 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Significant Work Is About Self-Realization and Broader Purpose: Defining the Key Dimensions of Meaningful Work

    Martela, F. & Pessi, A. B., 26 Mar 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 15 p., 363.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Accepted/In press

    Self-determination theory

    Martela, F., 2018, (Accepted/In press) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences: Vol. I. Models and Theories. Carducci, B. J. & Nave, C. S. (eds.). Wiley Blackwell

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia / dictionaryScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. IPPA2017, World Congress on Positive Psychology

    Frank Martela (Speaker: Presenter)
    13 Jul 201716 Jul 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. National Instute of Education, Singapore: "Benevolence - Could the need to do good to others be a basic psychological need?"

    Frank Martela (Speaker)
    3 Apr 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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Latest projects

  1. CoPassion: The Revolutionary Power of Compassion (CoPassion)

    Pessi, A. B., Martela, F., Spännäri, J., Grönlund, H., Hakanen, J., Juntunen, E., Uusitalo-Malmivaara, L., Vuorinen, K., Paakkanen, M. & Seppänen, A. M.

    Filosofian akatemia Oy, Conbalance Oy, Suomen kansallisgalleria (ent. Valtion taidemuseo), MTV Oy, Devoi Oy, Espoon kaupunki, LähiTapiola Keskinäinen vakuutusyhtiö, Abbedissa Network Oy, Onesto Services Oy, Human Advice Oy, Tekes


    Project: Research project

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