A furry social robot can reduce pain and increase happiness


Image: Two women sit across a table, one pets a furry seal plushie, one looks at a monitor; Copyright: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Levy-Tzedek and her team discovered that a single, 60-minute interaction with PARO actually improved mood as well as reduced mild or severe pain. When participants touched PARO, they experienced greater pain reduction than when it was simply present in their room.