JACIII Vol.13 No.4 pp. 386-392
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2009.p0386


Social Effects of Robot Therapy in a Care House
– Change of Social Network of the Residents for One Year –

Kazuyoshi Wada*,** and Takanori Shibata**

*Tokyo Metropolitan University, 6-6 Asahigaoka, Hino, Tokyo 191-0065, Japan

**National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan

November 28, 2008
March 2, 2009
July 20, 2009
mental commitment robot, robot therapy, human-robot interaction, elderly person
Robot therapy in the form of two seal robots was conducted for a year at a care house in Japan. Residents and robots interacted over 9 hours a day. To determine psychological and social robot influence, individual residents were interviewed using the “free pile sort” method and their social interaction was analyzed. After robot use was discontinued, follow-up showed that robots encouraged residents to communicate with each other and strengthen their individual ties during the year of robot use.
Cite this article as:
K. Wada and T. Shibata, “Social Effects of Robot Therapy in a Care House
– Change of Social Network of the Residents for One Year –,” J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform., Vol.13 No.4, pp. 386-392, 2009.
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