Toward Robotic Companions that Enhance Psychological Wellbeing with Smartphone Technology

  title={Toward Robotic Companions that Enhance Psychological Wellbeing with Smartphone Technology},
  author={Sooyeon Jeong and Cynthia Breazeal},
  journal={Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction},
  • Sooyeon Jeong, C. Breazeal
  • Published 6 March 2017
  • Psychology, Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Despite the fact that depression is becoming more and more prevalent, mental healthcare still has high barriers for many people. In order to lower these barriers, we plan to study the efficacy of using socially assistive robots with mobile phone technology to improve people's psychological wellbeing. We propose a longitudinal experimental study that explores (1) the impact of a social agent's physical presence on therapeutic interactions and (2) the benefits of leveraging mobile phone data to… 
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