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Professor Kraft - Vita

                                                               VITA  -  Robert N. Kraft

Personal Data

                 
                   
Place of Birth Washington, D.C.                
Marital Status Widowed                
Children Jessica Carew & Samuel Dane                
                   

Address

                 
Business Department of Psychology                
  Otterbein University                
  Westerville, OH 43081                
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  (614) 823-1473                
                   

Education

                 
1975-1980                                          University of Minnesota                
  Minneapolis, MN                
  Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology                
                   
1971-1975                                          Grinnell College                
  Grinnell, Iowa                
  B.A. in Psychology                
                   

Employment

                 
1996 - Present                                    Full Professor of Psychology, Otterbein College/University                
                 
1989 - 1996                                        Associate Professor of Psychology, Otterbein College                
                   
1991 - 2004                                        Chair of the Psychology Department, Otterbein College                
                   
1982 - 1989                                       Assistant Professor of Psychology, Grinnell College                
  Director of Research in Cognition, Memory, & Film                                                 
                   
1980 - 1982                                      1982 Decision Analyst at Decisions & Designs, Inc.,                 
  Washington, D.C.: Decision Analysis, Program                
  Management, and Human Factors Research                
                   
1979 - 1980                                        Consulting Editor and ghost writer for Harper & Row                
                   
1977 - 1979                                        Psychological Consultant for the Radiology Department of St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital                
                   

Academic Awards and Research Grants

               
2009 NEH Grant: Artifact and Memory: The Etiology and Maintenance of Ideological Beliefs                
                   
  NEH Summer Writing Grant: Conducting a Truth Commission in the 21st Century: Lessons from South Africa                
                   
2005 Teacher of the Year, Otterbein College                
                   
  White Faculty Development Grant: A Study of Perpetrator Testimony Provided to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission                
                   
1996 NEH Grant: Memorial Representations of the Holocaust                
                   
1994 White Faculty Development Grant: Holocaust Memory                
                   
1987 - 1990                Pew Charitable Trusts Grant: Upgrading of Research Laboratories in Applied Psychology, Cognition, Learning, Neuroscience, & Perception                
                   
1982 - 1989               Grinnell College Grant Board Research: Comprehension & Recall of Visual Displays                
                   
1981 - 1983               Army Research Institute Research Contract (with Dr. John Patterson) Contract title: Advanced Terrain Representation                
                   
1980 Eva O. Miller Fellowship                
  Phi Kappa Phi                
                   
1980 University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Grant Grant Title: The Psychological Reality of Cinematographic Techniques                
                   
1975 - 1980               NICHHD Fellowship, University of Minnesota                
                   
1975 Phi Beta Kappa                
                   
  B.A. with distinction, Grinnell College                
                   
1971 - 1975                State of Iowa Scholarship                
                   

Professional Memberships

                 
Psychonomic Society                  
American Psychological Association                  
Division 48: Peace Psychology                  
Midwestern Psychological   Association                  
                   

Selected Publications

                 

Kraft, R. N. (2015). The good intentions of violent perpetrators: A qualitative analysis of Testimony from South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21 (3), 359-377.

 

Kraft, R.N. (2014). Violent Accounts: Understanding the psychology of perpetrators through South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. New York: NYU Press.

               
                   

Kraft, R. N. (2011).  Narratives of perpetrators: Ghastly tales and multiple truths. In D. Journet, B.A. . Boehm. & C. E. Britt, (Eds.) Narrative acts: Rhetoric, race and identity, knowledge (pp. 145-161).  New York: 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.   (2006). [Review of the book Do Unto Others]. Journal of Hate Studies, 153-157.                
                   
Kraft, R. N.   (2005). The topography of enduring trauma. [Review of the book Trauma and health: The physical health consequences of extreme stress]. Journal of Health Psychology, 10, 734-736.              
                   
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. (1994). [Review of the book Illuminating shadows: The mythic power of film]. Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, 9, 155-159.                
                   
Kraft, R. N.   (1993). [Review of the book Humor in American literature]. Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, 8, 141-143.                
                   
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., Buede, D. M., & Martin, A. W. (1981). Resource Allocation for NASA’s Space Growth Projects. Final Report PR 81-3-163. McLean, VA: Decisions & Designs, Inc.

 

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., Patterson, J. F., & Mitchell, N. B. (1982). Psychological Research on Advanced Terrain Representation: Formatting the Visual Material. Technical Report PR 82-9-331. McLean, VA: Decisions  Designs, Inc.

 

Kreps, J., Kraft, R. N., & Burris, R. (1979). Interactive computer based exercises in radiology. Published in the Proceedings of the Association for Educational Data Systems17th Annual  Conference, Washington, D.C.: Association for Educational Data Systems.

 

Published Fiction

Kraft, R. N. (1981). A conversation at the gate. Today’s Secretary, 84, 23-31.

 

Selected Presentations

Kraft, R. N. (2016, May). The Effect of Place in Verifying, Revising, and Retrieving Long-term Personal Memories: A Comprehensive Self Study.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Couture, E. M., & Kraft, R. N. (2009, May). Circles of hope: A qualitative analysis of narratives and drawings from Zimbabwean orphans. Paper presented at the Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Kraft, R. N. (2014, November). Violent thoughts: A cognitive analysis of perpetrator testimony. Paper presented at the 55th meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA.

Kraft, R. N. (2014, October). Expressing memories of atrocity: Words, images, and the things people carry. Invited gallery talk at the Denison Museum, Denison University, Granville, OH.

Kraft, R. N. (2013, October). Holocaust Memory and the Tests of Time: Sustainable Remembering of a Relentless Past. Invited paper in the annual program on Education for Justice, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.

Kraft, R. N. (2013, May). Reconcilable differences: An analysis of perpetrators and victims. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Kraft, R. N. (2011, August). Reconciliation: A Work in Progress. Paper presented at the  annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Kraft, R. N. (2011, May). Commentary with Howard Reich during the Ohio premier of Prisoner of Her Past, Columbus, Ohio.

Kraft, R. N. (2009, September). Victims and perpetrators: A qualitative analysis of oral testimony. Paper presented at the conference on Holocaust Representations Since 1975, Chester University, Chester, U.K.

Kraft, R. N. (2007, August). Negotiating truth in the aftermath of extended conflict: An epistemological analysis. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.

Kraft, R. N. (2007, July). Revealing differences in personal event memory: Parallax recall of  victims and perpetrators. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Experimental Psychological Society, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kraft, R. N. (2006, October). Narratives of perpetrators in apartheid South Africa. In M. Brydon-Miller (Chair) Exploring Questions of Truth at the Intersections of Race, Power, and Privilege. The Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Kraft, R. N. (2006, May). Crimes of allegiance: An analysis of perpetrator testimony. Invited paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Kraft, R. N. (2006, March). Interpreting apartheid in the archives of the Holocaust. Paper presented at the conference on Trajectories of Memory, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Kraft, R. N. (2005, October). Defining memories: Patterns of recall in oral testimony. Invited presentation in the Lake Forest College Colloquium Series on Current Advances in Psychology, Lake Forest, Illinois.      

Kraft, R. N. (2005, May). Regarding the testimony of others: Ethical boundaries and transgressions.Paper presented at the First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Kraft, R. N. (2004, November). No kind of peace: Suicide notes of Primo Levi and Jean Améry. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago.

Kraft, R. N. (2004, May). Emotional experience during recall of traumatic events: A multiple systems perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Kraft, R.N. (2002, October). Trauma and the tests of time. Invited paper presented at the 20th anniversary conference of the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Kraft, R.N. (2002, August). Ghastly tales: Narratives of atrocity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago.

Kraft, R.N. (2001, August). Beyond the aftermath of atrocity. In P. Gobodo-Madikizela (Chair), Oral histories of atrocity: Apartheid, atomic bombings, and the Holocaust. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.

Kraft, R.N. (2000, November). Revealing mistakes in personal memory. Paper presented at the 41st annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans.

Kraft, R.N. (2000, May). What’s wrong with inaccurate memory? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Kraft, R.N. (1999, April). Oral testimony and the Holocaust. Invited paper presented as part of the Denison University Convocation Series, Granville, Ohio.      

Kraft, R.N. (1998, November). Levels of awareness during traumatic events. Paper presented at the 39th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Dallas.

Kraft, R.N. (1998, February). Research on oral testimony of Holocaust survivors. Invited paper presented at “Searching for Memory and Justice: The Holocaust and Apartheid,” an international conference at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Kraft, R.N. (1996, November). Memory in young children who survived the Holocaust. Paper presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago.

Kraft, R.N. (1996, May). Holocaust memory. Invited paper presented at “Psychology Beyond the Threshold,” a Festschrift for William Dember, Cincinnati.

Kraft, R.N. (1994, November). Down in the flood of remembrance: Holocaust memory. Paper presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis.

Kraft, R.N. (1994, May). Communicating deep trauma. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Kraft, R.N. (1991, September). Memorandums of our attitudes and suspicions: Autobiographical memories. Invited paper presented at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Research in Learning, Perception, and Cognition, Minneapolis.

Kraft, R.N. (1988, November). Understanding film. Invited colloquium presented at Denison University, Granville, OH.

Kraft, R.N. (1986, November). Mind and media: The psychological reality of cinematic principles. In D.W. Schultz (Chair), Images, information, & interfaces. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Metropolitan Chapter, Human Factors Society, New York.

Kraft, R. N. (1982, May). The effect of camera angle on memory for picture stories. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Minneapolis.

Kraft, R. N. (1982, May). The effect of cutting on comprehension of short films. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Minneapolis.

Kraft, R.N., Cantor, P., & Gottdiener, C. (1988, April). Comprehension of visual narratives. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Kraft, R. N., Eisenberg, K., Myren, L., Ney, M., Poritsky, J., & Potter, S. (1990, April). Teaching preschool children to generate and apply mnemonic strategies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Boston.

Kraft, R.N., & Hodges, M. (1994, May). One source of strong attitudes and suspicions: Autobiographical memories. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Kraft, R. N., & Jenkins, J. J. (1979, May). Memory for orientation of pictures of familiar objects and events. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association,

Kraft, R. N., Kreps, J., & Jenkins, J. J. (1980, April). The lag effect in connected discourse. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Boston.

Kraft, R.N., Smith, S., Bower, S., Dick, K., & Francis, A. (1991, May). Attitudes about minorities and women: The influence of autobiographical memories. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Kreps, J., Kraft, R. N., Burris, R., Isch, R., Olson, F., Smith, S., & Karabinos, C. M. (1979, April). SQUIRE: An interactive computer based exercise in diagnostic radiology. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.

Petersen, V. J., Petersen, A. C., & Kraft, R. N. (1983, May). Peer influence and identity development: Producing desirable changes in adolescents and children. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

 

Working Book Manuscript

Talking to My Self: A Psychological Analysis of Memoir

 

Research Interests

The Self and Memory

Perpetrator Testimony from the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Autobiographical Memory

Oral Testimony and Holocaust Memory

Visual Communication and the Psychology of Film

                       

Reviewing and Committee Activities

Reviewer for Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Communication Research, Journal of  Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, Journal of Experimental  Psychology: Applied, Memory & Cognition, and Journal of Health Psychology.

Faculty Assembly Executive Committee, Vice-chair (2015 - present)

Search Committee, Assistant Dean (2013)

Writing Intensive Committee (2013 - present)

Faculty Council Executive Committee (2005-2010)

Academic Appeals Committee (2007)

Liberal Studies Subcommittee (1999-present)

Consulting for ABT Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2004-2008)

Integrative Studies Advisory Committee (1992-1996)

Sabbatical Leaves Committee (1991-1996)

Academic Computing Committee (1991-1995)

Search Committee for the Vice President of Academic Affairs (1992)

Science 2000 Committee (1989-1992)

Administrative Council (1992-1994)

Campus Services and Regulations Committee (1990-1992)

Sloan Grant Committee (1986-1988)

Statistics Advisory Committee (1986-1988)

Judicial Council (1985-1988)

General Science Committee (1984-1988)

Committee on Student Life (1984-1988)

Consulting for Decisions & Designs, Inc. (1983-1987)

    

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