Ann Kelley: The Neuroscience of Obesity

March 31, 2006

When you listen to one of these shows, you’re really only hearing a very small part of a much greater effort. By the time a show is officially “ready for prime time,” I’ve typically spent several weeks – or even months in some cases – communicating back and forth with each guest. And as much as I try to keep things businesslike, I’m always surprised at how fairly well I get to know the guest during this period. I think there are two reasons for this.

First, with all the back-and-forth e-mails, phone calls, and appointment (re)schedulings, you really get a feel for a person’s temperament and personality. Second, both my guest and I are bound by a strong mutual interest – namely, we are insatiably curious about the inner workings of the human brain and mind. And it’s this fascination with exploring the unknown that, I believe, helps us connect at a much deeper level.

I had the great pleasure of working with Dr. Ann E. Kelley back in late March of 2006. At that time, we were transitioning NeuroScene towards a syndicated content model, and Dr. Kelley was my very first podcast guest. I recall Dr. Kelley as being an exceptionally bright and engaging individual who had the rare dual blessings of both loving one’s field of study – and of being one of the world’s best at it. Sadly, Dr. Kelley lost her battle with cancer in October 2007.

I hope you enjoy this fascinating podcast interview with Dr. Kelley where we discuss the neural mechanisms which underlie food cravings and overeating.