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.
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.
"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.