Emotional Robotics in Elder Care – A Comparison of Findings in the UK and Germany

  • Barbara Klein
  • Glenda Cook
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7621)


Robot-therapy with emotional robots is a new approach for people with cognitive impairments. This article looks at explorative findings of the therapeutic seal PARO in a practice network in England and findings of PARO and the toy dinosaur PLEO in teaching research projects in Germany. The findings in the UK and Germany have comparable outcomes on social interaction of the residents. Examples of the outcomes are presented and analysed with respect to the question in how far there are indicators for a new quality of interaction due to the robotic intervention and in how far it can contribute to interventions which enhance social interaction in care.


Emotional robotics elder care nursing homes dementia methodology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Klein
    • 1
  • Glenda Cook
    • 2
  1. 1.Fachhochschule Frankfurt am MainUniversity of Applied SciencesFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Northumbria UniversityNewcastleUK

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