Saturday, May 31, 2008

Robot Dog Therapy: Science Videos - Science News - ScienCentral

Cool stuff from my alma mater Saint Louis University:

There's no forgetting that Aibo is a robot pup, but he makes a good companion for nursing home residents, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

William Banks, a physician and author of the new study, says that playtime with Aibo reduces loneliness in nursing homes as much as visits from a real-live drooling and shedding animal. "We thought there would be a difference in loneliness between the two," says Banks. "What we found basically was that the living dog and Aibo were equally effective in decreasing loneliness."

Robot Dog Therapy: Science Videos - Science News - ScienCentral

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