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  1. An Animal-Assisted Intervention Study in the Nursing Home: Lessons Learned

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    | Contributor(s):: Lonneke G. J. A. Schuurmans, Inge Noback, Jos M. G. A. Schols, Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers

    AAI studies in the nursing home pose a specific set of challenges. In this article the practical and ethical issues encountered during a Dutch psychogeriatric nursing home AAI study are addressed with the aim of sharing our experiences for future researchers as well as AAI practitioners in...

  2. Bonding with Robotic Pets. Children's Cognitions, Emotions and Behaviors towards Pet-Robots. Applications in a Robot Assisted Quality of Life Intervention in a Pediatric Hospital

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    | Contributor(s):: Marta Díaz Boladeras

    This dissertation addresses the emergence of emotional involvement in the interaction with social robots. More specifically, we investigate the dynamics of children bonding with robotic pets to design robot based programs to improve patients’ experience in pediatric hospitals. Pet-robots...

  3. Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc Raibert

    That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, is developing advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah, negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on two legs and even open doors and deliver...

  4. A field study with primary school children on perception of social presence and interactive behavior with a pet robot

    | Contributor(s):: Marcel Heerink, Marta Díaz, Jordi Albo-Canals, Cecilio Angulo, Alex Barco, Judit Casacuberta, Carles Garriga

    This paper presents a study on measuring (1) how children experience a pet robot, (2) how they play with it and (3) how children’s perceptions on and interaction with pet robots are interrelated. The study features different types of subjective and objective techniques to assess the degree...

  5. Affecting affect effectively : investigating a haptic-affect platform for guiding physiological responses

    | Contributor(s):: Joseph P. Hall

    This thesis describes the development of a platform for touch-guided anxiety management via engagement with a robot pet. An existing physiological sensor suite and “Haptic Creature” robot pet are modified to influence user physiological responses through real-time interaction guided...

  6. Robots sociales y animales en la terapia de personas con demencia avanzada

    | Contributor(s):: Meritxell Valentí Soler

    Las personas con demencia pueden padecer trastornos de comportamiento que disminuyen su calidad de vida y aumentan el coste de su cuidado y el desgaste de su cuidador. La terapia con animales desde hace años se conoce como beneficiosa para reducir dichos síntomas. Los robots...

  7. Effect of an interactive therapeutic robotic animal on engagement, mood states, agitation and psychotropic drug use in people with dementia: a cluster-randomised controlled trial protocol

    | Contributor(s):: Wendy Moyle, Elizabeth Beattie, Brian Draper, David Shum, Lukman Thalib, Cindy Jones, Siobhan O'Dwyer, Cindy Mervin

    Introduction Apathy, agitated behaviours, loneliness and depression are common consequences of dementia. This trial aims to evaluate the effect of a robotic animal on behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in people with dementia living in long-term aged care.Methods and...

  8. Effectiveness of a social robot, 'Paro,' in a VA long-term care setting

    | Contributor(s):: Lane, Geoffrey W., Noronha, Delilah, Rivera, Alexandra, Craig, Kathy, Yee, Christina, Mills, Brent, Villanueva, Eimee

  9. An investigation of the sentiments of having a dog : inspirations for the design of a toy dog

    | Contributor(s):: Chui Wa Yeung

    This research is aimed to develop a toy dog that provides the pleasure feelings as having a dog, the inspirations to the manufacturers for the design of toy dogs as per the findings of factors of sentiments of having dogs has been included in the investigation. The investigation was carried out...

  10. Pet Companion Robot for Visually Impaired Elderly

    | Contributor(s):: Fanglin Chao

    The proposed concept serves as the middle person to feed, detect, trash collect and communicate between the elderly and the pet. Several kind of interaction mode was also proposed to fulfill the ability and living characteristics of the elderly. Although only part of function...

  11. TAMER: Touch-guided Anxiety Management via Engagement with a Robotic Pet- Efficacy Evaluation and the First Steps of the Interaction Design

    | Contributor(s):: Yasaman Sadat Sefidgar

    Anxiety disorders are widespread among children and adolescents, yet the existing treatments are effective for only a small proportion of the affected young population. We propose a novel idea for improving the efficacy of anxiety treatments that relies on affective touch as a therapeutic medium....

  12. Social robots in advanced dementia

    | Contributor(s):: Valenti Soler, M., Aguera-Ortiz, L., Olazaran Rodriguez, J., Mendoza Rebolledo, C., Perez Munoz, A., Rodriguez Perez, I., Osa Ruiz, E., Barrios Sanchez, A., Herrero Cano, V., Carrasco Chillon, L., Felipe Ruiz, S., Lopez Alvarez, J., Leon Salas, B., Canas Plaza, J. M., Martin Rico, F., Abella Dago, G., Martinez Martin, P.

  13. Pets in the digital age: live, robot, or virtual?

    | Contributor(s):: Jean-loop Rault

  14. Are They Real?: Marta Diaz at TEDxAmposta

    Are robotic-pets capable of taking care of hospitalized children? Robotic-pets that emulate the shapes and processes of life elicit in children feelings and emotions similar to real family animals mainly dogs. Robotic-pet based interventions to improve young patients quality of live of have been...

  15. Robot-assisted therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders

    | Contributor(s):: Feil-Seifer, David, Mataric, Maja, Cassell, Justine

  16. Implementation of Owner Distinction Function for Therapeutic Pet Robots

    | Contributor(s):: Nambo, H., Kimura, H., Hirose, S.

  17. The Psychosocial Effects of a Companion Robot: A Randomized Controlled Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Robinson, H., MacDonald, B., Kerse, N., Broadbent, E.

  18. Bridging the uncompensated caregiver gap: Does technology provide an ethically and legally viable answer?

    | Contributor(s):: Harkness, Donna S.

  19. Social behaviour of dogs encountering AIBO, an animal-like robot in a neutral and in a feeding situation

    | Contributor(s):: Kubinyi, Eniko

  20. Experiments toward a Mutual Adaptive Speech Interface That Adopts the Cognitive Features Humans Use for Communication and Induces and Exploits Users' Adaptations

    | Contributor(s):: Komatsu, Takanori, Ustunomiya, Atsushi, Suzuki, Kentaro, Ueda, Kazuhiro, Hiraki, Kazuo, Oka, Natsuki