Art Graesser is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at San Diego.
Graesser’s primary research interests are in cognitive science, discourse processing, and the learning sciences. More specific interests include knowledge representation, question asking and answering, tutoring, text comprehension, inference generation, conversation, reading, education, memory, emotions, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and learning technologies with animated conversational agents. Graesser and his colleagues have designed, developed, and tested software that integrates psychological sciences with learning, language, and discourse technologies, including AutoTutor, AutoTutor-Lite, MetaTutor, Guru, DeepTutor, HURA Advisor, SEEK Web Tutor, Operation ARA, iSTART, Writing-Pal, AutoCommunicator, Point & Query, Question Understanding Aid (QUAID), QUEST, & Coh-Metrix.
Graesser served as editor of the journal Discourse Processes (1996–2005) and Journal of Educational Psychology (2009-2014) and as president of the Empirical Studies of Literature, Art, and Media (1989-1992), the Society for Text and Discourse (2007-2010), International Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education (2007-2009), and the Federation of Associations for Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation (2012-13). He is currently serving as Chair of the Expert Group in Collaborative Problem Solving 2015 assessment of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). He has published over 500 articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings.
In 2010, Graesser received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (Society for Text and Discourse) and in 2011 the Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award (American Psychological Association).
On February 28, 2012, he received the first Presidential Award for Lifetime Achievement in Research from the University of Memphis. This award is the University’s highest level of research recognition given to its faculty. It was established as part of the University’s Centennial fundraising campaign in order to recognize the vital role and impact of research at the University of Memphis.