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18 June 2010

Botox can paralyse your emotions

Research shows Botox not only results in less strong emotion display, but it may actually paralyse your emotions since facial expressions play a role in how your emotions develop.

For Botox users concerned that the muscle-paralysing injections will rob their face of its ability to show emotion, a new study suggests that people injected with the toxin might end up with less strong emotion to display in the first place.

"In a bigger picture sense, the work fits with common beliefs, such as 'fake it till you make it,'" study co-author Joshua Davis, a psychology professor at Barnard College, said in a school news release.

"With the advent of Botox, it is now possible to work with people who have a temporary, reversible paralysis in muscles that are involved in facial expressions. The muscle paralysis allows us to isolate the effects of facial expression and the subsequent sensory feedback to the brain that would follow from other factors, such as intentions relating to one's expressions, and motor commands to make an expression."

 
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