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Robot therapy for elders affected by dementia

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4 Author(s)
Wada, K. ; Nat. Inst. of Adv. Ind. Sci. & Technol., Tsukuba ; Shibata, T. ; Musha, T. ; Kimura, S.

We used the seal robot, Paro, for therapy of patients suffering from dementia at a cortical neuron clinic. The efficacy of the robot therapy was evaluated by DIMENSION, which detects patient's cortical neuron activity from a 21-channel EEG. The results from preliminary experiments show that robot therapy has a high potential to improve the condition of brain activity in patients suffering from dementia. It is concluded that Paro will be widely used and provide help to people with dementia.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 4 )