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Our mood affects our facial expressions, but also vice versa Boing Boing

February 10, 2010

Perhaps there is an argument for combining a cosmetic surgery practice with a psychotherapy practice?

Often when we frown, it means that we’re sad or grumpy. But how much does the frown also exacerbate the bad mood? To study this, University of Wisconsin-Madison psychology PhD candidate David Havas tested individuals who had received Botox treatments to stop brow-wrinkling. The subjects were asked before and after Botox treatments to read statements that were angry, sad, or happy. The Botox seemed to slow down the time it took the subjects to read and understand the angry and sad statements but not the happy ones.

via Our mood affects our facial expressions, but also vice versa Boing Boing.

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