10 February 2010

A new study has found that Botox treatments not only eliminate frown lines associated with anger, sadness and stress, but can also help to suppress these negative emotions.Following earlier findings that Botox can help alleviate depression, Newsweek reports that a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison carried out an experiment to determine whether the wrinkle relaxing treatments affected the perception of emotions. The results suggested that Botox patients can indeed be less prone to feeling negative emotions. According to David Havas, who carried out the experiment: "Normally, the brain would be sending signals to the periphery to frown, and the extent of the frown would be sent back to the brain. "But here, that loop is disrupted, and the intensity of the emotion and of our ability to understand it when embodied in language is disrupted." Newsweek reports that the study was undertaken as part of a larger research project in the field of 'embodied cognition'. This work aims to discover whether all human cognitive processes are rooted and reflected in the body. According to the New York Times, Nils B. Jostmann of the University of Amsterdam explained: "How we process information is related not just to our brains but to our entire body. "We use every system available to us to come to a conclusion and make sense of whats going on." This theory could suggest a reason for findings that indicate non surgical treatments such as Botox can also help you achieve a mellower outlook.