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Botox May Temporarily Paralyze Emotions, Too

Posted Jun 22 2010 2:47pm

A woman gets a Botox injection in Arlington, Va., last June. A new study suggests that facial expressions may affect the feelings you have, not just what others’ see, so paralyzing them with Botox could make you feel them less.

For Botox users concerned that the muscle-paralyzing 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.
Researchers at Barnard College in New York City found that facial expressions appear to play a role in how your emotions develop, not just in how you display them for others to see.

The study suggests that facial expressions themselves may influence emotional experiences through a kind of feedback loop. In short, Botox — a toxin that weakens or paralyzes muscles — not only changes one’s appearance, but also appears to deaden real emotions.

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