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Neural and cognitive correlates of human decision-making in domestic energy usage

Keane, Michael, Smeaton, Alan F. orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-1028-8389, Boran, Lorraine, Healy, Graham orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-6429-6339, Kennedy, Miriam, Yang, Yang and Gurrin, Cathal orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-2903-3968 (2014) Neural and cognitive correlates of human decision-making in domestic energy usage. In: CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium, 3-4 Apr 2014, Dublin, Ireland.

Decision-making is a central component of every facet of human life, and is generally understood to be either conscious (deliberate) or automatic (non-deliberate). There has been little research to date on decision-making in the context of domestic energy consumption. Our study elucidated the human processes related to decisions around domestic energy use. In particular, the study investigated the neural and cognitive triggers of decision-making which differentiate between optimal and non-optimal energy consumers. Using EEG (electroencephalography) to assess brain function, we investigated brain activity associated with decisions around energy consumption and in this paper we report results from a study of 30 participants for whom we recorded their neural activity as they made decisions. As well as this, behavioural data related to cognitive processes involved were recorded. By examining this data, we aim to clarify some of the reasons why people make certain decisions about domestic energy consumption.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:domestic energy; brain-computer enterface; EEG
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Research Institutes and Centres > INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Official URL:https://www.ashrae.org/membership--conferences/con...
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:International Energy Research Centre (IERC), Science Foundation Ireland
ID Code:19904
Deposited On:17 Apr 2014 11:01 by Alan Smeaton . Last Modified 11 Oct 2018 09:01

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