Intelligent Dolls and robots for the treatment of elderly people with dementia

  • Sergio Márquez Sánchez
    University of Salamanca smarquez[at]
  • Sara Mora-Simon
    University of Salamanca
  • Jorge Herrera-Santos
    University of Salamanca
  • Ana Olga Roncero
    Air Institute, IoT Digital Innovation Hub
  • Juan M. Corchado
    University of Salamanca


Doll and robot are effective and beneficial non-pharmacological therapies applied in different clinical settings. Doll therapy (DT), principally based in Bowlby's attachment theory, uses an empathy or lifelike baby doll to conduct caring behaviors of it. Robot therapies (RT) use care robots with a friendly attitude and appearance that create emotions and movements that lead to different verbal, motor and emotional reactions. Both DT and RT are person-centred therapies that aim to improve wellbeing of people that suffer from different neurological, psychological and mental health disorders, such as Alzheimer's Disease, autism spectrum disorder, stress or depression, by providing a realistic experience. In this paper, the characteristics of both therapies, their benefits and the possibilities of innovation in the therapeutic field are presented.
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Sergio Márquez Sánchez

University of Salamanca
ETSII de Béjar, Universidad de Salamanca. Departamento de informática y automática. Industrial Engineer