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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Botox may reduce empathy in users


Nicole Kidman
The thought of people injected poison into their skins to remove wrinkles, has always mystified me. I do understand the will to look good, but it is so evident when you see someone with their face pumped full of Botox. Muscles in the face cease to work normally, smiles look bizarre and the face looks generally frozen like a mask.  Now there is another reason not to use Botox. A new study suggests that over time Botox use can cause people to less understand the facial expressions of others, leading them to be less empathic.

David Neal, a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, lead author of the research said, "People who use Botox are less able to read others' 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."

It has to do with a person's ability to mimic facial expressions of others. When this is not possible,the brain is less likely to understand what the emotion is. Are you reading this Nicole Kidman? (Read more here)

3 comments:

The Tame Lion said...

That's very informative, thanks for sharing. ;)

Julia said...

I don't think botox reduces the empathy in users....maybe after a botox treatment the smile is not the same or the facial expressiveness will suffer a little but this doesn't mean on the inside things change...

After the botox treatment I had in Toronto I felt no difference besides the one visible in the mirror, and I also have some friends that had botox and agree with me...
This study was made on rats or humans?

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