Study: Robots could help to detect mental health issues in children

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Robots could help to detect mental wellbeing issues in children, a study suggests. Cambridge University researchers had a child-sized humanoid robot complete a series of questionnaires with 28 children aged between eight and 13 to assess mental wellbeing. They found that the youngsters were willing to confide in the robot, sometimes sharing information that they had not yet shared via online or in-person questionnaires. The researchers say robots could be a useful addition to traditional methods of mental health assessment, although they are not intended to be a substitute for professional men…

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