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Robert Krauss

Robert Krauss

  • SPN Mentor

Professor Krauss' research interests include communication and cognition, conversational hand gestures, language and emotions, and social representations in language and communication. His most recent work focuses on two issues: (1) how language users employ speech variation to communicate their situated identities; and (2) the cognitive effects of gesture and gesture-like movement.

He retired in June of 2008 and is now an emeritus professor.

Primary Interests:

  • Communication, Language
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:


  • Deutsch, M., & Krauss, R. M. (1965). Theories in social psychology. New York: Basic Books.

Journal Articles:

  • Chawla, P., & Krauss, R. M. (1994). Gesture and speech in spontaneous and rehearsed narratives. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 30, 580-601.
  • Hadar, U., Burstein, A., Krauss, R., & Soroker, N. (1998). Ideational gestures and speech in brain-damaged subjects. Language and Cognitive Processes, 13, 59-76.
  • Hadar, U., Wenkert-Olenik, D., Krauss, R., & Soroker, N. (1998). Gesture and the processing of speech: Neuropsychological evidence. Brain and Language, 62, 107-126.
  • Krauss, R.M., Freyberg, R., & Morsella, E. (2002). Inferring speakers' physical attributes from their voices. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 38, 618-625.
  • Morsella, E., & Krauss, R.M. (2005). Muscular activity in the arm during lexical retrieval: Implications for gesture-speech theories. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 34, 415-437.
  • Morsella, E., & Krauss, R.M. (2004). The role of gestures in spatial working memory and speech. American Journal of Psychology, 117, 411-424.
  • Rauscher, F. B., Krauss, R. M., & Chen, Y. (1996). Gesture, speech and lexical access: The role of lexical movements in speech production. Psychological Science, 7, 226-231.

Other Publications:

  • Chiu, C.-y., Krauss, R. M., & Lau, I. Y.-M. (1998). Some cognitive consequences of communication. In S. R. Fussell & R. J. Kreuz (Ed.), Social and cognitive approaches to interpersonal communication (pp. 259-278). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Krauss, R. M., Chen, Y., & Chawla, P. (1996). Nonverbal behavior and nonverbal communication: What do conversational hand gestures tell us? In M. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in experimental social psychology (pp. 389-450). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • Krauss, R. M., Chen, Y., & Gottesman, R. F. (2000). Lexical gestures and lexical access: A process model. In D. McNeill (Ed.), Language and gesture (261-283). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Krauss, R. M., & Chiu, C.-y. (1997). Language and social behavior. In D. Gilbert, S. Fiske & G. Lindsey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology,4th Edition, Vol. 2. (pp. 41-88). Boston: McGraw-Hill.
  • Krauss, R.M., & Hadar, U. (1999). The role of speech-related arm/hand gestures in word retrieval. In, R. Campbell & L. Messing (Eds.), Gesture, speech, and sign (93-116). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Krauss, R.M. & Pardo, J.S.. (2005). Speaker perception and social behavior: Bridging social psychology and speech science. In, P.A.M. van Lange (Ed.), Bridging social psychology: Benefits of transdisciplinary approaches. Mahwah: Erlbaum.
  • Morsella, E. & Krauss, R. M. (2005). Can motor states influence semantic processing? Evidence from an interference paradigm. In A. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research, 36, 163-182. New York: Nova.

Robert Krauss
Department of Psychology
401C Schermerhorn Hall
Columbia University
New York, New York 10027
United States

  • Phone: (212) 854-3949
  • Fax: (212) 854-3949

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