NIH YouTube Channel

The National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) YouTube channel features videos highlighting outstanding behavioral and social science research on mindless eating, risk-taking, diabetes management, and the evolution of skin pigmentation.

These four videos are less than seven minutes, evidence based, and feature prominent researchers describing their work and its implications on individual and societal health. In any setting (workplace, meeting, home, or classroom) these can provide a starting point for discussion about making better health behavior decisions. 

See NIH's library of longer videos and webcasts.    

Evolution of Skin Pigmentation

Evolution of Skin Pigmentation by Dr. Nina Jablonski (Penn State University)

Understanding our personal ancestry and the general evolution of pigmentation are essential to our own health and society's well-being.

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Dr. Brian Wansink (Cornell University) Small changes in our physical environment can greatly affect our food eating behavior and totally change our eating habits.

Risk-Taking Behavior and Substance Use

Risk-Taking Behavior and Substance Use by Dr. Carl Lejuez (University of Maryland) A person's willingness to take risks and his or her ability to tolerate psychological stress are key to substance use and successful treatment. 


Using mHealth to Manage Diabetes

Using mHealth to Manage Diabetes by Dr. Charlene Quinn (University of Maryland) Mobile health technologies hold promise in encouraging people to change their behavior and improve their health.