New research has shown for the first time that a social robot can deliver a ‘helpful’ and ‘enjoyable’ motivational interview (MI) – a counselling technique designed to support behaviour change.
Many participants in the University of Plymouth study praised the ‘non-judgemental’ nature of the humanoid NAO robot as it delivered its session – with one even saying they preferred it to a human.
Led by the School of Psychology, the study also showed that the robot achieved a fundamental objective of MI as it encouraged participants, who wanted to increase their physical activity, to articulate their goals and dilemmas aloud.
MI is a technique that involves the counsellor supporting and encouraging someone to talk about their need for change, and their reasons for wanting to change.
The role of the interviewer in MI is mainly to evoke a conversation about change and commitment, and the robot was programmed with a set script designed to elicit ideas and conversation on how someone could increase their physical activity.
When finished answering each question, the participant taped the top of NAO’s head to continue, with some sessions lasting up to an hour.
Lead academic Professor Jackie Andrade explained that, because they are perceived as nonjudgmental, robots may have advantages over more humanoid avatars for delivering virtual support for behavioral change.
“We were pleasantly surprised by how easily the participants adapted to the unusual experience of discussing their lifestyle with a robot,” she said. “As we have shown for the first time that a motivational interview delivered by a social robot can elicit out-loud discussion from participants. In addition, the participants perceived the interaction as enjoyable, interesting and helpful. Participants found it especially useful to hear themselves talking about their behaviour aloud, and liked the fact that the robot didn’t interrupt, which suggests that this new intervention has a potential advantage over other technology-delivered adaptations of MI.
“Concern about being judged by a human interviewer came across strongly in praise for the non-judgemental nature of the robot, suggesting that robots may be particularly helpful for eliciting talk about sensitive issues. The next stage is to undertake a quantitative study, where we can measure whether participants felt that the intervention actually increased their activity levels.”
The full paper, entitled Experiences of a motivational interview delivered by NAO robot is now available to view in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (doi:10.2196/jmir.7737).
The Latest on: Robot counsellors
via Google News
The Latest on: Robot counsellors
- Eavesdropping and Spying by Smart TVs and Deviceson September 6, 2019 at 9:58 am
In July, The Guardian cited a whistleblower working for Apple that Apple contractors “regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals and recordings ... the Apple watch and the company’s ...
- Smart Drug Delivery Drones Market By Application , End-User, Geography and Forecast 2018-2026on September 6, 2019 at 7:05 am
Sep 06, 2019 (Global QYResearch via COMTEX) -- Acumen Research and Consulting has announced the addition of the "Smart Drug Delivery Drones Market" report to their offering. The Smart Drug Delivery ...
- Pleas accepted for 6 charged in Cordell Smart caseon September 5, 2019 at 4:16 pm
Smart, 19, was simply a bystander in the wrong place when a gunfight broke out during a drug deal at 110 Oakhill Ave. just east of Beal Parkway. Daniel Heath, Gaige Monfils, Sterlin Burns, Keanu Askew ...
- The best smart home light bulbs in the UKon September 5, 2019 at 6:35 am
Smart homes are taking over, and it seems like smart light bulbs are the gateway drug to all things Internet of Things. As with any new fangled device, the smart light bulb market grows every ...
- Mac Miller's Alleged Drug Dealer Charged for Supplying Deadly Pillson September 4, 2019 at 11:46 am
They say that two days before his death on Sep. 7, Mac received two deliveries of drugs -- one from Pettit ... that he probably shouldn't post anything as a reaction "just to be smart." Prosecutors ...
- At 25.5% CAGR, Smart Inhalers Market Size will reach 8,033.21 Mn USD by 2027on September 4, 2019 at 9:34 am
However, risks associated with cyber threats and limited knowledge regarding the use of smart inhalers may limit the growth of the market to a certain extent. Studies reveal due to a patient?s error ...
- Pamela Smart sues prison officials over ‘false’ drug chargeon September 4, 2019 at 5:50 am
HAMPTON — Pamela Smart is suing prison officials alleging she was wrongfully found guilty of possessing morphine in her prison cell, resulting in 40 days in solitary confinement. The suit filed in ...
- Global Smart Pills Market 2019 Trends, Market Share, Industry Size, Growth, Sales, Opportunities, Analysis and Forecast To 2026on September 4, 2019 at 2:49 am
Increasing cases of wrong medication intake or forgetting to take pills are additionally contributing to the growth of the market as the all new smart pill technology aids in monitoring the intake of ...
- Pamela Smart sues prison over pills found in cellon September 3, 2019 at 7:45 pm
MONICA: PAMELA SMART CLAIMS THE NEW YORK PRISON WHERE SHE IS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE VIOLATED HER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WHEN SHE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF POSSESSING DRUGS. SMART’S LAWSUIT CENTERS AROUND ...
via Bing News