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Are Robot Therapists On The Horizon? Han Video

Probably not truly effective ones in the immediate future, but could robots be programmed to do general triage mental health evaluations and even rudimentary therapy?

If this question sounds strange, consider Eliza the computer program who is a Rogerian therapist. Go ahead and interact with her right now, if you like.

AuRoRA is a program that is researching the use of robots as tools that might serve an educational or therapeutic role for children with autism.

And in this video, Han the robot is eerily responding to people’s questions. His camera-sensors are able to, at a basic level, interpret people’s movements, but imagine version 6 or 7 as the technology develops:

If you know of any more projects, please let us know about them in the comments section, below.

Are Robot Therapists On The Horizon? Han Video

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.

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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2015). Are Robot Therapists On The Horizon? Han Video. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 23, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2015/04/are-robot-therapists-on-the-horizon-han-video/


Last updated: 22 Apr 2015
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