While I am still in the process of pinning down the specifics of my topic, I am looking towards using a socially assistive robot (SAR) to aid in the facilitation of cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with cognitive impairment.
My most current study:
This pilot study used the SAR Pepper to facilitate a memory game that employs sensory feedback (audio, haptic, and both). The ultimate aim is to inform the design of a cognitive rehabilitation system for individuals with age-related cognitive decline. The preliminary results of the tests ran with adults suggest a preference for auditory feedback, and participants believed they performed best in this condition. Based on qualitative feedback, we have identified improvements that can be made to the system to enhance engagement.