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The Science Behind Moxie

Developed by a veteran team of technologists, neuroscientists, child development specialists, and creative storytellers, Moxie is a robot designed with the latest technology that allows it to engage with children in a revolutionary way.

The Science Behind Moxie

The Science and Technology Behind Moxie

At Embodied, our team of experts including engineers, roboticists, neuroscientists, child development specialists, and creative storytellers, have been working for the past several years to rethink and reinvent how we utilize human-machine interaction to fuel new ways of interacting and learning. Drawing on evidence-led science and our combined expertise, we’ve developed a new revolutionary robot to help children: Moxie.

How does a robot help with learning?

How does a robot help with learning?

How does this compare with other ways of learning? 

Looking across 65 studies comparing embodied agents (e.g. robots) vs. non-embodied agents. Robots significantly outperformed non-embodied agents in 78.5% of the studies: 


Robots significantly outperformed non-embodied agents

This looked at both objective task performance AND user experience. 

*See footnotes 1-6 for studies referenced

What else does research say? 

Children like robots! Robots can engage and motivate children. They’ll anthropomorphize robots with life-like characteristics, states and rights.7 They form friendships and share thoughts.8,9 This type of engagement can help children with learning. 

Numerous studies (over 12,500 peer-reviewed articles!) also show strong scientific evidence that robots can help children improve social skills. 

*See footnotes 10-14 for studies referenced

So, I know my child will play with a robot, but what skills can my child learn? 

*See footnotes 15-19 for studies referenced

Personalization of the interaction through machine learning and AI increases learning gains. Hear more from our expert on individualized interactions:


Any additional benefits to using robots? 

Children engage with robots long-term

*See footnotes 20-22 for studies referenced

So what research is there about Moxie specifically? 

In our preliminary study, we’ve found that interactions with Moxie may help children improve in developing social and emotional skills.

Research summary:

We observed a group of children (twelve in total) who interacted with Moxie (3 times a week for 15 minutes) over a period of 6 weeks. Assessments were made before and after their time with Moxie and significant improvements were found in the following areas:

Preliminary Research - Subjective Assessments

Preliminary Research - Objective Assessments

Findings are preliminary and we will be expanding our research to further explore how robots like Moxie can help children (in a range of abilities) improve social and emotional skills. The preliminary study involved a small sample size and may not be indicative of actual results. The results of a child’s interaction with Moxie may vary. Individual participants may or may not directly benefit from interacting with Moxie and may not experience any observable behavioral changes. Families were not compensated for their participation in our preliminary study. For further details, you can view our white paper which has been published here



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