William Michael Kelley

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

My research program explores four lines of research using neuroimaging, neuropsychological, and behavioral techniques:  How does the human brain form and maintain memories?  How do cognitive and emotional experiences give rise to an individual's unique sense of self?    How does the human brain represent different kinds of reward?   And how do we self-regulate against short-term rewards when they can lead to maladaptive habits down the road?

Personal Website
350 Moore Hall. HB 6207, 603-646-3446
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B.S. University of Illinois
Ph.D. Washington University School of Medicine

Selected publications

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Kelley, W.M., Miezin, F.M., McDermott, K.B., Buckner, R.L., Raichle, M.E., Cohen, N.J., Ollinger, J.M., Akbudak, E., Conturo, T.E. Snyder, A.Z., and Petersen, S.E. (1998). Hemispheric specialization in human dorsal frontal cortex and medial temporal lobe for verbal and nonverbal memory encoding. Neuron, 20, 927-936. [Abstract] [PDF]

Kelley, W.M., Macrae, C.N., Wyland, C.L., Caglar, S., Inati, S., and Heatherton, T.F. (2002). Finding the self? An event-related fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 14, 785-794. [Abstract] [PDF]

Kraemer, D.J.M., Macrae, C.N., Green, A.E., and Kelley, W.M. (2005). The sound of silence: Spontaneous musical imagery activates auditory cortex. Nature, 434, 158. [Abstract] [PDF] [Supplemental Material]

Wig, G.S., Grafton, S.T., Demos, K.E., and Kelley, W.M. (2005). A causal role for neural activity reductions during repetition priming. Nature Neuroscience, 8, 1228-1233. [Abstract] [PDF] [Supplemental Figure] [Supplemental Methods]

Wig, G.S., Grafton, S.T., Demos, K.E., Wolford, G.L., Petersen, S.E., and Kelley, W.M. (2008). Medial temporal lobe BOLD activity at rest predicts individual differences in memory ability in healthy young adults. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 18555-60. [Abstract] [PDF]

Demos, K.E., Heatherton, T.F., and Kelley, W.M. (2012). Individual differences in Nucleus Accumbens activity to food and sexual images predict weight gain and sexual behavior. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 5549-5552.  [Abstract] [PDF]