Robot Models of Mental Disorders

TitleRobot Models of Mental Disorders
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLewis, M., & Cañamero L.
Name of ProceedingsProc. 7th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, Workshops and Demos (ACIIW 2017)
Pagination193–200
Date Published10/2017
PublisherIEEE
Conference LocationSan Antonio, TX
Abstract

Alongside technological tools to support wellbeing and treatment of mental disorders, models of these disorders can also be invaluable tools to understand, support and improve these conditions. Robots can provide ecologically valid models that take into account embodiment-, interaction-, and context-related elements. Focusing on Obsessive-Compulsive spectrum disorders, in this paper we discuss some of the potential contributions of robot models and relate them to other models used in psychology and psychiatry, particularly animal models. We also present some initial recommendations for their meaningful design and rigorous use.