Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center

The Social and Emotional Impact of Robots in Healthcare

Elizabeth Broadbent



Over the past five years, a joint research program between the New Zealand and Korean governments has developed and trialled healthcare robots for aged care. An overview of the project will be presented. Studies include cross-sectional and longitudinal designs, and randomized controlled trials in a retirement village. The social, cognitive, and emotional factors that contribute to acceptance will be presented, as well as the effects of the robots on older people's health.



Elizabeth Broadbent received her BE (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Canterbury, and her MSc and PhD degrees in Health Psychology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Elizabeth is a faculty member at the medical school of the University of Auckland. Her research interests include illness perceptions, psychoneuroimmunology, and human robot interaction, with a particular interest in emotions and cognitions in relation to robots. She has more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications.


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