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Robot Dog Intervention with the Golden Pup: Activating Social and Empathy Experiences of Elderly People as Part of Intergenerational Interaction

By Pirita Ihamäki, Katriina Heljakka

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This paper takes an interest in examining the potential of robotic pet toys as social companions, which activate the social and empathy experiences of the elderly and by doing so, increase their wellbeing. In order to study the benefits of using Golden Pup, a commercial robot dog, we designed and performed a research intervention at a senior day activity center with 10 participants of ages 65-80+ years interested in the firsthand user experiences. This study suggests how robotic pets can be used to activate the social and empathy experiences of the elderly, and illuminates the role of reciprocity in building a relationship with a robotic pet. We present novel results on how a robot dog with a natural interface may evoke social and empathy experiences as part of playful, intergenerational group activities.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2021
Pages 1888-1897
ISBN/ISSN 978-0-9981331-4-0
Conference Title 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
DOI 10.24251/HICSS.2021.230
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10125/70842
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Empathy
  3. Older adults
  4. open access
  5. Pets and companion animals
  6. robotic animals
  7. Social experiences
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