Investigating the Usability of a Socially Assistive Robotic Cognitive Training Task with Augmented Sensory Feedback Modalities for Older Adults

Emilyann Nault, Lynne Baillie, Frank Broz

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Abstract

Cognitive training is effective at retaining cognitive function and delaying decline for typically ageing older adults, individuals with mild cognitive impairment, and persons with dementia. Technological resources can address limiting factors that inhibit engagement and access to this treatment. We investigated how a socially assistive robot-facilitated memory task with sensory feedback was received by older adults. The impact of unimodal and multimodal administration of auditory and haptic feedback using two robot embodiments (Pepper and Nao) was evaluated in terms of user performance, usability, and workload. In contrast to sensory feedback research, auditory feedback resulted in significantly higher task accuracy. This was, however, supported by previous work from neurological literature. Auditory feedback also received significantly higher usability, and this preference was validated by qualitative feedback from participants. Regardless of robotic embodiment, this study demonstrates an advantage for auditory feedback (over haptic and multimodal) in cognitive training activities for older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication31st IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)
PublisherIEEE
Pages735-742
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728188591
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2022
Event31st IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication 2022 - Napoli, Italy
Duration: 29 Aug 20222 Sep 2022
http://www.smile.unina.it/ro-man2022/

Conference

Conference31st IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication 2022
Abbreviated titleRO-MAN 2022
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityNapoli
Period29/08/222/09/22
Internet address

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications

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