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Why do dogs yawn when they see sleepy humans?

Dogs yawn in response to humans yawning

Watch this video Did it make you yawn? Well if it did then you’re not alone. Humans exhibit ‘contagious yawning’, where just seeing another individual makes you want to yawn yourself. Why we yawn at all isn’t entirely clear. Some say it helps keep us awake, others say it has a role in group communication – [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies

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We often turn to dogs and to chimpanzees to understand our species. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives (with bonobos), while centuries of selective breeding have turned dogs into a species uniquely suited to comprehend our own social cues. If anybody can help us understand contagious yawning, it’s them. This week, primatologists Matthew Campbell and Frans [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Searching for the Social in Contagious Yawning

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Evidence has been accumulating for several years that contagious yawning is driven by social cognition. But how? And is it related to empathy? A new study with chimpanzees sheds some light.

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The Thoughtful Animal

Contagious Yawning: Evidence of Empathy?

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When is a yawn just a yawn? When is a yawn more than a yawn? Contagious yawning – the increase in likelihood that you will yawn after watching or hearing someone else yawn – has been of particular interest to researchers in fields as varied as primatology, developmental psychology, and psychopathology. At first, scientists thought [...]

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