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Tina Vajsbaher

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Personal Information

Title MS.c.
Function Wissenschaftliche mitarbeiterin & Doctoral Researcher
Office 03.047
Phone 218
eMail tina.vajsbaher



Creative Unit, Intra-operative Information

Harvard Medical School (The Surgical Planning Labratory, Kikinis)

Pius Oldenburg Hospital (Department of General and Visceral Surgery)

Klinikum Bremen-Mitte (Department of General, Visceral and Surgical Oncology)

Hannover Medical School (Department of General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery)

Yeovil District Hospital (National Health Service)

Berufsverband der Deutschen Chirurgen (BDC)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie (DGCH)





About me

My field of research lies in clinically applying the knowledge and methods from medical cognition, human factors and biomedical engineering (psychology engineering) into minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery.



My interest lies in clinical applying methods and knowledge of medical cognition, human factors, and computer science into surgical practice, in aim to improve surgical education and innovatively create, design and test new medical devices, robotic and artificial agents and computerized simulators, that would improve intra-operatively surgical performance and assist in surgical learning. 

Ph.D. Project

My doctorate aims to combine medicine and applied cognitive science (medical cognition) and apply it to surgical settings. My current work aims to provide a mechanistic understanding of how spatial cognition impact intra-operative laparoscopic surgical performance and overall longitudinal learning process of novice surgeons currently enrolled in a surgical residency program at hospitals around Germany and the UK.

Previous & Current Work

Fine, P. & Vajsbaher, T. (2013). ‘How good are groups at estimating time?’,  Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2013. Vienna, Austria, Brussels, Belgium: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC). Available at:

Vajsbaher, T. & Schultheis, H. (2017). The role of Visual Working Memory in Minimally Invasive Surgery. In M. H. Fischer et al. (Eds.) Abstracts of the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (p. 157), Potsdam, Germany.

Vajsbaher, T. & Schultheis, H. (2017a). The role of Visual Working Memory in Minimally Invasive Surgery: A new perspective and its implications for surgical education and practice. In Journal of Surgical Endoscopy, Special Issue: Proceedings of the 25th International Congress of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), 31(2), 86.

Vajsbaher, T. & Fine, P. (2013). How long did we take? Groups are good at estimating task duration. Proceedings of Joint Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society of Cognitive and Developmental Sections. (p. 198), Reading, United Kingdom.

Vajsbaher, T. & Schultheis, H. (2017b). Phases of laparoscopic learning: How cognitive processes influence technical skill acquisition throughout the learning curve. MMI Interaktiv, 14 (Proceedings of the 3rd Berlin Summer School Human Factors 2017), 13 – 14.