Interaction Expands Function: Social Shaping of the Therapeutic Robot PARO in a Nursing Home

We use the social shaping of technology and society framework to qualitatively analyze data collected through observation of human-robot interaction (HRI) between social actors in a nursing home (staff, residents, visitors) and the socially assistive robot PARO. The study took place over the course of three months, during which PARO was placed in a publicly…

Study on transition of elderly people’s reactions in robot therapy

Most elderly people staying in nursing homes have dementia, and various kinds of recreational programs are provided in order to prevent or ameliorate this problem. Robot therapy is a recreational program that has recently been introduced in some nursing homes. However, the effects of robot therapy are difficult to evaluate. In this study, we identified…