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Mind 1 March 2020 By David Adam The robot can be programmed to compulsively groom itself by bumping into a post that causes damageMatthew Lewis and Lola Cañamero, University of HertfordshireA robot that mimics the behaviours of people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) could help us understand what drives the condition and even improve how…



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1 March 2020

By David Adam

A robot could improve how we treat obsessive compulsive disorder

The robot can be programmed to compulsively groom itself by bumping into a post that causes damage

Matthew Lewis and Lola Cañamero, University of Hertfordshire

A robot that mimics the behaviours of people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) could help us understand what drives the condition and even improve how we treat it.

OCD involves obsessive worrying that compels people to carry out rituals like repeated hand washing. People who have it experience anxiety if they can’t complete these compulsions.

Researchers are using the robot to recreate this compulsive drive to complete an action. The research is …

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