The Card Cheat: It's hard to rag on Hollywood actresses for resorting to Botox and plastic surgery when a) it's almost impossible to score leading roles if you're over 30 and/or not super-hawt, and b) if you gain 5 pounds or start to show your age every tabloid on the planet will run full-page photos of you accompanied by mocking headlines and captions.
Q. If I received Botox injections all over my face and could not make normal expressions, would my emotions be similarly curtailed?
A. Probably not. I did a study with Robert Levenson, professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, on people who had been born with facial paralysis. We found no impairment in their ability to recognize or experience emotions. There is a problem with Botox, though. Limiting facial animation may make people less appealing.
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