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Robert N. Kraft Ph.D.


Robert N. Kraft, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at Otterbein University. After receiving his doctorate at the University of Minnesota, Kraft worked as a decision analyst in Washington D.C. and then taught at Grinnell College and Otterbein, conducting research on the psychology of film, autobiographical memory, oral testimony, collective violence, and the self. His first book, Memory Perceived (Praeger/Greenwood), documents patterns of deeply traumatic memory in Holocaust survivors. Kraft’s second book, Violent Accounts (NYU Press), analyzes how ordinary people commit extraordinary acts of violence and how perpetrators and victims manage in the aftermath. He is currently writing a book about the interplay between memory and self.

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