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Botox Deadens Emotions

Botox Deadens Emotions

Inject a tiny amount of a lethal toxin into your wrinkles and you won’t just get a frozen face that can’t express emotions — you might just deaden your ability to feel those emotions in the first place. LiveScience reports that the effect of Botox on the muscles could interfere with brain activity as well.

The reason might just surprise you (if you can move your eyebrows, that is). Scientists believe that facial expressions are linked to emotional experiences.

“With Botox, a person can respond otherwise normally to an emotional event, [such as] a sad movie scene, but will have less movement in the facial muscles that have been injected, and therefore less feedback to the brain about such facial expressivity,” researcher Joshua Davis of Barnard College in New York told LiveScience.

“It thus allows for a test of whether facial expressions and the sensory feedback from them to the brain can influence our emotions,” he said.

Davis and his research team did just that, showing emotionally charged videos to subjects both before and after injecting them with either Botox, made from the muscle-relaxing botulinum toxin, or Restylane. The latter substance was used as a control because it adds filler to wrinkles or lips, making them fuller, but it doesn’t limit muscle movement.

According to a research paper published by the team in June’s issue of the journal Emotion, the Botox group “exhibited an overall significant decrease in the strength of emotional experience” compared to the control group.

But these results don’t just apply to Botox users. The simple act of smiling when you’re feeling down could actually result in a happier mood, the researchers note.

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By Stephanie Rogers, MNN

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1:56AM PDT on May 13, 2015

This is a very useful blog, thanks for this great help. Have big thanks on that. emotion detection

1:51AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Interesting thanx

8:26PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

NO MATTER HOW MANY "TREATMENTS" YOU HAVE,
IF YOU HAVE UNSOLVED ISSUES ON THE INSIDE-
THE RESULTS ARE NEVER GOING TO BE GOOD!
WE"VE SEEN SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE! (JOAN RIVERS,for one)

10:49PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

interesting

9:32PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

Some things just shouldn't be messed with... and with a toxin no less.

10:28AM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

I believe it. Thanks.

9:55AM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

I think we should all keep the faces GOD gave us, what is wrong with growing old, we all have to go at some point with or without wrinkles...Think of all the poor animals that are tested to make you look some what better...

7:21AM PDT on May 16, 2011

Well said, Candace!

7:19AM PDT on May 16, 2011

It deadens other emotions: sympathy for animals. Thousands of mice die for Botox because every batch of it requires testing on animals.

11:30AM PDT on May 13, 2011

ohhh/ but what happens if you make faces a lot for fun? or make a comic or animate, and need to make more face in a mirror to draw from it? "i'm not angry I'ts for the art"

*scows some*

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