Botox's Blank Face

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If you use Botox, it may be hard to read your emotions.

I somehow doubt your face right now is expressing shock, even if you're not using Botox.

But here's a twist.

Researchers at USC and Duke have discovered that people who use Botox have a harder time reading other people's emotions.

Now my eyebrows are raised.

USC psychology professor David Neal says we read what someone else is thinking in part by mimicking their facial expressions.

"When you mimic you get a window into their inner world," Neal said. "When we can't mimic, as with Botox, that window is a little darker."

The study is published in Social Psychological and Personality Science (how many psych journals are there? Eyebrows raised high again).

Professor Neal says there is more study needed on the "importance of mimicry", including whether people might have a better chance of successfully lying to someone using Botox. Like when you tell them how great they look ("No, really, honey"). Sounds counterintuitive. One would think the Botox user would be the better liar.

Neal even makes the leap from Botox to Twitter.

"Human communication can be a very subtle thing...When you eliminate a slice of information - whether by communicating through email and Twitter or by paralyzing your own facial muscles - it can be the difference between successful communication and failure." ?

How to get around it? Well, avoid Botox! Here's an alternative. I think. Actually, to tell you the truth, I'm not exactly sure what this video is supposed to tell me.

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