Friends and Loved Ones Yawn Together, University of Pisa Study
12/13/2011 7:11:54 AM
Everybody knows that yawning is contagious. When a person yawns, other people can respond by yawning. What wasn't known is that "yawn transmission" is more frequent, and faster, between people sharing an empathic bond: close friends, kin, and mates. The study carried out by Ivan Norscia and Elisabetta Palagi of the University of Pisa (Natural History Museum) and Cnr-Istc of Rome, provides the first behavioural evidence that yawn infectiveness can be a form of emotional contagion.
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