A study published in the journal Social Psychology and PersonalityScience claims that Botox, used to reduce facial wrinkles,not only numb facial muscles, but also – and for the same reason – numb users’ perception of other people’s emotions.
“People who use Botox are less able to read others’ emotions,” says Neal, who worked with a researcher at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
People read emotions partly by mimicking facial expressions, Neal says, so “if muscular signals from the face to the brain are dampened, you’re less able to read emotions.”
“When the facial muscles are dampened, you get worse in emotion perception, and when the facial muscles are amplified, you get better at emotion perception,” Neal says.Source: yourlife.usatoday.com
The study included two experiments –
– First of 31 women, comparing Botox with Restylane, a dermal filler
– Second of 56 women and 39 men, using a gel that amplifies muscular signals.
In both experiments, participants viewed computer images of faces and identified the emotions they saw.
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