JRM Vol.19 No.6 pp. 691-697
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2007.p0691


Robot Therapy for Prevention of Dementia at Home – Results of Preliminary Experiment

Kazuyoshi Wada*,**, Takanori Shibata**,***, Takashi Asada****,
and Toshimitsu Musha*****

*Faculty of System Design, Tokyo Metropolitan University

**Intelligent Systems Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology


****Department of Neuropsychiatry, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba

*****Brain Functions Lab., Inc.

April 18, 2007
August 22, 2007
December 20, 2007
mental commitment robot, robot therapy, psychotherapy, human-robot interaction, dementia

In robot therapy for senile dementia patients, a seal-like robot, Paro, was left in patients’ homes for a week to determine its neuropsychological influence. Efficacy was evaluated by the diagnosis method of neuronal dysfunction (DIMENSION), which detects a lack of smoothness of scalp potential distribution resulting from cortical neuronal impairment by analyzing recorded a patient’s electroencephalogram (EEG). Interaction with Paro by patients was observed by their families. In a preliminary experiment, 5 subjects were studied after informed consent was received from them or their families in accordance with the medical ethics committee of the University of Tsukuba and the AIST ethics committee.

Cite this article as:
Kazuyoshi Wada, Takanori Shibata, Takashi Asada, and
and Toshimitsu Musha, “Robot Therapy for Prevention of Dementia at Home – Results of Preliminary Experiment,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.19, No.6, pp. 691-697, 2007.
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