NIH releases short videos highlighting behavioral health research

One video features a psychologist, APA member Carl Lejuez, who discusses his research on risk-taking behavior and substance use

On Oct. 22, NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) released four videos highlighting outstanding behavioral and social science research on mindless eating, risk-taking, diabetes management and the evolution of skin pigmentation. The videos, called Research Highlights, and each under seven minutes in length, are available on both the OBSSR website and the NIH YouTube channel and feature prominent researchers describing their work and its implications for society. One of the videos features a psychologist, APA member Carl Lejuez of the University of Maryland, who discusses his research on risk-taking behavior and substance use.

Said OBSSR Director Bob Kaplan, "Understanding our behavior and making better decisions puts us in charge of our own health. These short films highlight some of the benefits of behavioral and social science research — both for us as individuals and for society as a whole…. There are personal take-aways in each of these films, but they also demonstrate both the excitement and reward of behavioral and social science research. I hope every viewer learns something useful. And I hope we're engaging the next generation of researchers to enter this dynamic and productive field."