Human Behavior and Energy Use: Modeling the Relationships

July 29, 2009 - 12:00pm

This presentation summarizes the conceptual framework and some initial data analyses for a Laboratory Directed Research and Development project to develop models of the relationships between human behavior, energy use, climate change and national/international security. A brief history of social science in energy research is provided, followed by methods and data from an approach involving Consumer Lifestyle Analysis. Growth patterns in energy usage in the residential and personal travel sectors are illustrated, along with the indirect energy requirements to support that usage. General research needs in the area of behavior are discussed, some potential behavioral tools identified, and potential modeling approaches are characterized. The presentation is intended to stimulate discussion regarding potentially productive directions for research in social-behavioral science and energy usage, modeling approaches, and policies to address climate stabilization Thomas Sanquist is a staff scientist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He is trained in cognitive and physiological psychology, and his work focuses on research and engineering applications of cognitive and social psychological data and principles to problems of energy, security, and climate change. Dr. Sanquist received a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan, and an MA and PhD in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. For more information about this seminar, please contact: Rick Diamond(510) 486-4459

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