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

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dc.contributor.author Ihamäki, Pirita
dc.contributor.author Heljakka, Katriina
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-24T19:22:26Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-24T19:22:26Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-05
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-4-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/70842
dc.description.abstract 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.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.language.iso English
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Social Robots - Robotics and Toy Computing
dc.subject robot dog
dc.subject robotics
dc.subject social
dc.subject social-emotional experiences
dc.subject toy computing
dc.title Robot Dog Intervention with the Golden Pup: Activating Social and Empathy Experiences of Elderly People as Part of Intergenerational Interaction
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2021.230
prism.startingpage 1888
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