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JACIII Vol.7 No.2 pp. 130-138
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2003.p0130
(2003)

Paper:

Psychological and Social Effects of Robot-assisted Activity in the Elderly Robot-assisted at Health Service Facilities

Kazuyoshi Wada*,**,***, Takanori Shibata*,**, Tomoko Saito*,**, and Kazuo Tanie*,***

*Intelligent Systems Institute, AIST, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8568 Japan

**PRESTO, JST

***Institute of Engineering Mechanics, University of Tsukuba

Received:
February 5, 2003
Accepted:
February 24, 2003
Published:
June 20, 2003
Keywords:
mental commit robot, human-robot interaction, robot-assisted activity, elderly people
Abstract

We have been developing cat and seal robots – called “mental commit robots” – to help people psychologically, physiologically, and socially. The actual animal seal robot was developed for use in therapy. We used seal robots to assist the elderly at a health service facility for the aged. To determine psychological and social effects of seal robots in such a setting, we evaluated moods using a face scale, which expresses moods by illustrating facial expressions, and Profile of Mood States, which evaluates moods through a questionnaire. Seal robots used at the facility for three weeks. The moods of elderly people were improved by interaction with them.

Cite this article as:
Kazuyoshi Wada, Takanori Shibata, Tomoko Saito, and Kazuo Tanie, “Psychological and Social Effects of Robot-assisted Activity in the Elderly Robot-assisted at Health Service Facilities,” J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform., Vol.7, No.2, pp. 130-138, 2003.
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