According to CBS Los Angeles a new study from University of Southern California (USC) and Duke University finds that people injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic may have trouble telling what other people are thinking and feeling. That’s because people understand emotions partly by mimicking facial expressions.
“People who use Botox are less able to read others’ emotions,” said USC psychology professor David Neal. “When you mimic you get a window into their inner world. When we can’t mimic, as with Botox, that window is a little darker.”
The study, led by Neal and Tanya Chartrand, marketing and psychology professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, was published Friday in the journal, Social Psychological and Personality Science. It explains the theory that humans decode each other’s expressions partly by simulating the perceived expression in their own facial musculature.
It is difficult to take this study seriously. So many factors are not addressed. How much BOTOX® Cosmetic did the participants have injected? What was the ethnicity and gender of the participants? Were they all injected by the same injector, at the same time, and compared at the same time? As you can see, the concept that communication with others can be disrupted by BOTOX® Cosmetic is not exactly a hard fact. Dr O’Toole utilizes BOTOX® Cosmetic and other injectables to help patients achieve a younger more energetic look.
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