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Happy botox.

The facial feeback hypothesis states that in order to feel an emotion there is a loop between the brain and the face checking that both are lined up the same way.

So to feel sadness we put on a sad face and cry. But without these, the brain gets feedback that we cannot really be all that sad.

David A Havas tried this out with written emotions. A set of 40 volunteers were tested to see how quickly they understood written statements, where the statement was either happy, sad or angry.

The volunteers were given pinpoint botox injections to paralyse only the corrugator muscles, which are used to frown.

The time to understand sad and angry statements showed a slight but significant increase. But the time taken to understand happy statements was not affected.

According to Havas “Maybe if I am not picking up sad, angry cues in the environment that will make me happier.” 🙂


July 24, 2010 - Posted by | Brain, David A Havas, Positive Psychology, Success

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