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Connect. Sci. 01/2006; 18:347-361.
Conference Proceeding: A Sociable Robot to Encourage Social Interaction among the Elderly.Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2006, May 15-19, 2006, Orlando, Florida, USA; 01/2006
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ABSTRACT: There are a growing number of robots being designed and built to interact with people in a specific setting. Our interdisciplinary team is taking a look at one of these robots, Paro, in its intended setting in order to study the effects of the interaction. By using a combination of self-report, analysis of interactions, and postinteraction interviews, we examine social and psychological aspects of seniors interacting with the robot in nursing home settings. We examine the relationship between the person and the robot, the individual's feelings about relationships with others and how this changes during the robot interactions. In this paper, we report our initial findings based on fieldwork at two nursing homes over the course of multiple interactions.