Situated analysis of interactions between cognitively impaired older adults and the therapeutic robot PARO

Wan Ling Chang, Selma Šabanović, Lesa Huber

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Abstract

In order to explore the social and behavioral mechanisms behind the therapeutic effects of PARO, a robot resembling a baby seal, we conducted an eight-week-long study of the robot's use in a group activity with older adults in a local retirement facility. Our research confirms PARO's positive effects on participants by increasing physical and verbal interaction as evidenced by our behavioral analysis of video recorded interactions. We also analyzed the behavioral patterns in the group interaction, and found that the mediation of the therapist, the individual interpretations of PARO by different participants, and the context of use are significant factors that support the successful use of PARO in therapeutic implementations. In conclusion, we discuss the importance of taking the broader social context into account in robot evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 5th International Conference, ICSR 2013, Proceedings
Pages371-380
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event5th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013 - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 2013 Oct 272013 Oct 29

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8239 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBristol
Period13-10-2713-10-29

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science

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