Causing fuel savings

Why are we getting virtually nowhere in decreasing the US consumption of gasoline? Erin Wade, who has a Ph.D. in psychology and works as a behavioral consultant for adults and children with developmental disabilities, has an interesting series of articles on the Web site of Forest City Behavior & Development addressing this question. In six entries over the last few months, Dr. Wade has turned the light of functional assessment—an applied behavior analytic procedure for identifying environmental contingencies that sustain human (usually maladaptive) behavior—onto the problem of automobile fuel economy. Dr. Wade provides a brief-but-clear-headed analysis that some will reject because of minor imperfections, but that surely is worth examining.

Update: These following links are dead. The site at Forest City Behavior has been redesigned and a search as of 27 August 2014 showed that the series of posts apparently were removed for the site.

  1. Using ABA to get Better National Fuel Economy – Part 1
  2. Using ABA to Get Better National Fuel Economy – Part 2 – Defining the Maladaptive Behavior
  3. Using ABA to Get Better National Fuel Economy – Part 3 – Assessing the Government’s Maladaptive Behavior
  4. Using ABA to Get Better National Fuel Economy – Part 4 – Assessing the Car Companies Maladaptive Behavior
  5. Using ABA to Get Better National Fuel Economy – Part 5 – Assessing the Car Buying Public’s Maladaptive Behavior
  6. Using ABA to Get Better National Fuel Economy – Part 6 – The Treatment Plan
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