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Robert Kraft , Ph.D.

Department of

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  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D., 1980
  • Grinnell College, B.A., 1975

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Memory
  • Emotion
  • Social Influence
  • Self Concepts


  • Kraft, R.N. (in press).  Narratives of perpetrators: Ghastly tales and multiple truths. In D. Journet, C. Britt, & E. Boehm (Eds.) Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race and Identity, Knowledge. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • Kraft, R. N. (2009). Regarding the testimony of perpetrators: How truth commissions contribute to the genre of videotaped testimony. Témoigner entre Histoire et Mémoire, 102, 173-192.
  • Kraft, R. N. (2009). The magnitude gap: Revealing differences in recall between victims and perpetrators. In M. Kelley (Ed.), Applied memory (pp. 147-166).  Hauppauge, NY: Nova   Science.
  • Kraft, R. N. (2006). Archival memory: Representations of the Holocaust in oral testimony. Poetics Today, 27, 311-330.
  • Kraft, R. N. (2004). Emotional memory in survivors of the Holocaust: A qualitative study of oral testimony. In D. Reisberg & P. Hertel (Eds.), Memory and emotion (pp. 347-389).  New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • Kraft, R. N. (2002). Memory perceived: Recalling the Holocaust. Westport, CT: Praeger. Kraft, R. N. (2000). Essay in “Reflections.” Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimony. Yale University, 7-8.
  • Kraft, R. N.  (1998). Holocaust memory: Persistent recall of traumatic events. In R. R. Hoffman, M. F. Sherrick, and J. S. Warm (Eds.), Viewing psychology as a whole (pp. 375-398). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Kraft, R. N. (1991).  Light and mind: Understanding the structure of film.  In R. R. Hoffman & D. S. Palermo (Eds.), Cognition and the symbolic processes: Vol. 3. Applied and ecological perspectives (pp. 351-370).  Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Kraft, R. N. (1988).  Reflections on the silver screen: Cinematic form and memory. In M. M. Gruneberg, P. Morris, & R. N. Sykes (Eds.), Practical aspects of memory: Current research and issues: Vol. 1.  Memory in everyday life (pp. 549-554). Chichester, UK: Wiley.; Kraft, R. N. (1987). The influence of camera angle on comprehension and retention of pictorial events. Memory & Cognition, 15, 291-307.
  • Kraft, R. N. (1987).  Rules and strategies of visual narratives. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 64, 3-14.
  • Kraft, R. N. (1986).  The role of cutting in the evaluation and retention of film. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 12(1), 155-163.
  • Kraft, R. N., Cantor, P. & Gottdiener, C. (1991).  The coherence of visual narratives. Journal of Communication Research, 18, 601-616.
  • Kraft, R. N., & Green, J. S. (1989). Distance perception as a function of photographic area of view. Perception & Psychophysics, 45, 459-466.
  • Kraft, R. N., & Jenkins, J. J. (1981).  The lag effect with aurally presented passages. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 17(3), 132-134.
  • Kraft, R. N., & Jenkins, J. J. (1977). Memory for lateral orientation of slides in picture stories. Memory & Cognition, 5(4), 397-403.
  • Kraft, R. N., Patterson, J. F., & Mitchell, N. B. (1986). Distance perception in photographic displays of natural settings. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 62, 179-186.; Kraft, R. N. (1981). A conversation at the gate. Today’s Secretary, 84, 23-31.

Affiliations & Awards

  • American Psychological Association
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Midwestern Psychological Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Eva O. Miller Fellowship

Personal Biography

Robert Kraft is a professor of Cognitive Psychology, teaching courses in memory, cognition, decision making, personality, research methods, and the self. After receiving his doctorate, Kraft worked in private industry as a decision analyst in Washington, D.C. and then became a professor of psychology, conducting a 15-year research program on the psychology of film. Following that, Kraft began studying deeply traumatic memory and its aftereffects at the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University, which resulted in the critically acclaimed book, Memory Perceived: Recalling the Holocaust. His ongoing research programs examine emotional memory, accuracy in long-term memory, concepts of self, and the psychology of perpetrators, with a focus on the testimony of victims and perpetrators given to truth commissions. In 2005, he won the award for Teacher of the Year.

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A student once asked me, "what are you afraid of, Dr. Kraft?"  And I replied, "personal questions."

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