Event Title

Effects of Providing Real-Time Feedback About Electricity and Water Consumption

Presenter Information

Evan Tincknell, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A155

Start Date

4-25-2014 4:00 PM

End Date

4-25-2014 5:15 PM

Abstract

Across the vast majority of human history, people received and depended on direct, immediate, and intimate feedback from the natural environment, but modern technologies and lifestyles have distanced daily activities from their environmental impacts. This research explores behavioral and attitudinal effects of exposure to various types of resource use feedback technologies. These feedback technologies, which are designed to monitor electricity and water consumption and provide real-time feedback to consumers, have the potential to reconnect individuals to the natural environment by promoting understanding of resource flows and awareness of personal impact on the environment.

Notes

Session III, Panel 13 - Enigmatic Agents: Studies in the Decoding of Language and Action
Moderator: Cindy Frantz, Associate Professor of Psychology

Major

Environmental Studies; Psychology

Advisor(s)

Cindy Frantz, Psychology

Project Mentor(s)

Cindy Frantz, Psychology

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Effects of Providing Real-Time Feedback About Electricity and Water Consumption

Science Center, A155

Across the vast majority of human history, people received and depended on direct, immediate, and intimate feedback from the natural environment, but modern technologies and lifestyles have distanced daily activities from their environmental impacts. This research explores behavioral and attitudinal effects of exposure to various types of resource use feedback technologies. These feedback technologies, which are designed to monitor electricity and water consumption and provide real-time feedback to consumers, have the potential to reconnect individuals to the natural environment by promoting understanding of resource flows and awareness of personal impact on the environment.