A systematic review of the use of robots for college students



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Robot pets have been used to decrease depression and loneliness with older adults; however, there is very limited research on the effects of the use of robot pets in the college population. To address this gap, a review of the literature has been conducted to look at the potential benefits robot pets may have on college students. After examining the research, three hypothetical studies were developed to test whether robot pets could be used to benefit the mental health of college age students. The first proposes a study that compares times spent with a robopet versus time coloring and changes in stress levels. The second study plans to compare the robot pets to therapy dogs to determine if the benefits between the two will be similar. The final study will look at the effects of prolonged exposure to robot pets.