Each year at the University of Brighton staff and students are engaged in a wide range of projects in partnership with our local communities.
Dr Penny Dodds has been working with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, leading an action research project to explore the introduction of PARO in our area.
Invented in Japan by Professor Takanori Shibata, PARO is a cuddly robotic seal
designed to improve the health and wellbeing of people with dementia and learning disabilities.
Love and affection with PARO
Initial findings from the research with dementia patients in Sussex show that PARO can be successfully used to promote feelings of love and affection. It also encourages emotional expression and social and verbal interaction, and helps to reduce stress, anxiety, agitation and aggression.
For more information on the PARO project at the University of Brighton go to:
For more information on the University of Brighton's community engagement and business development projects go to:
CUPP - University of Brighton Community University Partnership Programme
Thank you to Daryl Parsons, Enterprise Co-Ordinator and Liz Johnson, Knowledge Transfer Advisor
Research, Enterprise and Social Partnerships at the University of Brighton.