Study reveals that botox may damage a person’s emotional perception

April 26th, 2011 - 12:57 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Apr 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Not able to perceive other’s emotions? Well, blame it on Botox, say the scientists. One of the most sought after anti-aging treatment is under scanner for reducing a person’s capability to understand emotions.

Humans read emotions by automatically mimicking the facial expressions on other people’s faces. When these facial expressions are subdued due to treatments like Botox, a person’s capability to perceive emotions of others goes down. Botox reduces the muscle feedback (paralyzes) from the face hence avoiding wrinkles to be formed on the face.

Scientists conducted experiments over a group of people by dividing them in to two sub groups. Persons in the first sub groups underwent Botox treatment while the other sub group had a gel applied to them which enhances muscular feedback. The Botox treated people were very less receptive to emotions compared to the other group which had a marked improvement in perceiving emotions.

The experiment concluded on how much humans depend on muscle feedback to even perceive emotions and how can treatments like Botox hamper such capability.

The study was submitted to Social Psychology and Personality Science (SPSS) by David T. Neal and Tanya L. Chartrand of University of Southern California and Duke university USA respectively.

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