Study: Botox Treatment might Decrease Ability to Feel Emotions

BotoxAccording to a new study, people who undertake facial Botox treatments reduce their wrinkles, but they might also diminish their capability to wholly feel sentiments.

A side effect of the famous cosmetic jab is frozen muscles, signifying that the face doesn’t as willingly show emotions. But scientists have long deemed that it can also work the other way round, which face expressions can also affect the brain about how the body feels.

Joshua Davis, Lead Author of the study in this month’s edition of the journal Emotion clarifies that it’s like an incessant response ring.

Davis, Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York’s Barnard College says, “The main take-home finding of the study is that, at least for some emotions, if you take away some aspect of facial expression and feedback to the brain, you weaken the emotional experience”.

For the study, canvassers involved 68 partakers who wished to get either Botox around their eyes or Restylane around the mouth. The second one was the control group as Restylane, a filler that does not solidify muscles and restrict expression.

Prior to the treatment, they were all shown three kinds of videos, which would stir up a negative response, a constructive one and a slightly positive reaction. They measured their emotional responses with a scale. Then after treatment, the process of ranking three videos was reiterated.