Rosita Haddad Zubel



As a developmental psychologist, I have always been interested in mental processes and cognitive functions. Years of collaboration at the Centre of Genetic Epistemology have shaped a profoundly interdisciplinary approach  to knowledge. Although definitely not a Geek, IT raised interesting questions and novel solutions, which I integrated into my approach.

A new personal twist came quite naturally when in 2009 a colleague of mine asked me to join his group specializing in virtual reality for osteosynthesis.   What has a cognitive psychologist to bring to osteosynthesis?

I realised that my 10 years experience in building serious games for children were exactly what helped us understand the difficulties surgeons faced when learning with 2D material or using 2D x-rays for inherently 3D anatomy.

That was the start of a new challenge: how does the mind translate from 2D to 3D:  what are the mental processes involved in this translation? Can mental rotations be trained? Can we build 3D virtual reality training tools mimicking mental processes?


(Quite) Serious ...

Research Fellow

Geneva University


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....  and (not so) Serious Games