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Dr. Robert Kraft

Department of Psychology




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

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Memory
  • Emotion
  • Social Influence
  • Self Concepts
Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • American Psychological Association
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Midwestern Psychological Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Eva O. Miller Fellowship
  • 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.
Personal Note to Students
A student once asked me, "what are you afraid of, Dr. Kraft?"  And I replied, "personal questions."

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