Brenda Littler, Luc de Witte, et al.

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Children who visit the hospital can experience a range of negative emotions, such as anxiety, distress and worry. Studies have shown that social robots have the potential of reducing negative emotions (Jibb et al., 2018). Social robots are autonomous robots that communicate and interact with humans through speech and movements (Huijnen et al., 2016). They are designed to act in a naturalistic way by using body language or vocalisation rather than a keypad (Collins et al., 2015). Social robots are currently being used to motivate children, teach social behaviours and support children with several physical disabilities.  This project aims to explore the interactions between paediatric patients and social robots. The study will aim to recruit 40 paediatric patients aged  5 to 12, who are visiting...
Health systems
Anxiety
Hospital
Children
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