According to MIA News, a new research for the first time shows that social robots that

At therapeutic sessions, they can help provoke positive emotions in sick children.

Some hospitals welcome interventions in the pediatric treatment process, and allow specialist clinicians to

For the treatment of admitted children. These steps involve processes such as play, preparation and training for care

Medicine is included. The old methods of therapy were covered by activities in the field of art, crafts, games and celebrations.

Researchers at the University of Michigan (MIT), the Boston Children’s Hospital and Northwest University (NU), a robotic bear named

They provided the Huggable to children in Boston’s Children’s Hospital to examine how they interact with the robot.

In this experiment, more than 50 hospitalized children were selected randomly and divided into three groups. researchers,

They examined the three groups using the hawkboy robotic bears, the virtual hugel program on the tablet and a typical puppet teddy bear.

And were able to see promising outcomes in some children.

This test proved the effectiveness of the hugel in the treatment of sick children. The results of the test showed that children who played robotic bears with a hugel

They showed more positive emotions at the end of the experiment. These children came down from the bed and walked around their surroundings. they With

The robotic dolls established an emotional relationship, asked questions and took it to a meeting with their family.

The researchers wrote: Psychological, physical and verbal improvement in sick children had positive outcomes that improved their quick and better


Although this research has been conducted on a small scale, the first research on the study of social robots in the real world and their impact on

Children are considered sick. Other studies similar to this study have been carried out in laboratories and examined a small number of children

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The researchers emphasized that the hugel is designed to help health professionals but can not replace them. “Cynthia

“Hugle can be a good companion to sick children,” said Cynthia Breazeal, associate professor at MIT.

We have designed that based on collaboration, but not just on the interaction between the child and the robot. We have specialists and families to this

We have been challenging because our goal is to use technology to support everyone who plays a role in the quality of child care.

Deborah Logan, a psychologist at the Boston Children’s Hospital and lead author of the study, said: “Robotic dolls can

They can interact and help normalize hospital conditions, but they can not be used for any child. Perhaps

Some children are reluctant to always talk to people and show a better response than a robotic animal. Robotic doll

Helps us know what kind of psychological treatment we can give children to eliminate loneliness or fear.

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.