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NIH videos explore how habit, education and environment affect behavior and health

Today, the National Institutes of Health released four new videos spotlighting noteworthy research that demonstrates behavior's role in personal health. Topics of the short films include mindless eating, risk-taking, diabetes management and the evolution of skin pigmentation.

In the above video, Carl Lejuez, PhD, director for the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research at the University of Maryland, discusses how a person's impulsive tendencies, toleration of stress and willnessness to take risks are key to understanding substance use and developing successful treatments.

Previously: To reduce use, educate teens on the risks of marijuana and prescription drugs, Examining how addiction in the U.S. has changed over the last decade, A discussion of the history and effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous and Better than the real thing: How drugs hot wire our brains’ reward circuitry

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