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.

By Stephanie Rogers, MNN

86 comments

Eza D.
.about a year ago

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

Sulette Matthee
Sulette Botha5 years ago

Interesting thanx

sandra modl
Past Member 5 years ago

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)

Tania Anirudhan
Past Member 5 years ago

interesting

Veronica C.
Veronica C.5 years ago

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

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

I believe it. Thanks.

Joy Mcronald
Joy McRonald5 years ago

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...

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.5 years ago

Well said, Candace!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.5 years ago

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

colleen prinssen
colleen p.5 years ago

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*