Therapeutic robots for older adults: Investigating the potential of Paro

Sean McGlynn, Braeden Snook, Shawn Kemple, Tracy L. Mitzner, Wendy A. Rogers

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Abstract

As the population ages, there is an increasing need for socio-emotional support for older adults. Therapeutic pets have been used to meet this need, but there are limitations in the practicality of placing pets in older adults' living environments. More recently therapeutic robots have been proposed as a solution. However, there is limited research on the efficacy of deploying therapeutic robots to provide socio-emotional support to older adults. This study investigates the potential of the Paro robot seal to support older adults' needs while avoiding some of the limitations of current pet therapy approaches. Our results will provide insight about how robots can be designed and deployed to increase therapeutic efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHRI 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages246-247
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781450326582
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event9th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2014 - Bielefeld, Germany
Duration: Mar 3 2014Mar 6 2014

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148

Other

Other9th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2014
CountryGermany
CityBielefeld
Period3/3/143/6/14

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Keywords

  • Older adults
  • Robot therapy
  • Socio-emotional support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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McGlynn, S., Snook, B., Kemple, S., Mitzner, T. L., & Rogers, W. A. (2014). Therapeutic robots for older adults: Investigating the potential of Paro. In HRI 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 246-247). (ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1145/2559636.2559846