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dc.contributor.advisorCynthia L. Breazeal.en_US
dc.contributor.authorJeong, Sooyeonen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-04T20:51:16Z
dc.date.available2016-01-04T20:51:16Z
dc.date.copyright2014en_US
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/100663
dc.descriptionThesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2014.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 115-120).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe potential value of using social robot has started to be explored in the fields of education, eldercare and health management for the past decade. However, there has not been much research in how robots can socially engage in order to reduce negative affects of patients in pediatric context. This thesis introduces the Huggable robot that was made to mitigate stress and anxiety of child patients at a hospital and take a role of social and emotional advocate for them during hospital stay. The mechanism of the hardware and software system is illustrated extensively throughout the thesis, followed by the description of the experimental study design that compares the impact of three different interventions (a plush teddy bear, virtual Huggable on a screen and the robotic Huggable) on child patients' levels of mood, stress and pain. Insights from pilot sessions showed that people were able to bond with the Huggable robot emotionally and socially well and other activities that would help patients build higher self-efficacy for enduring medical procedures are proposed. The recruitment process for potential subjects has begun at the hospital site and the formal experiment will be executed shortly.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Sooyeon Jeong.en_US
dc.format.extent120 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectElectrical Engineering and Computer Science.en_US
dc.titleDeveloping a social robotic companion for stress and anxiety mitigation in pediatric hospitalsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM. Eng.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc931907495en_US


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