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Why Is Yawning Contagious? [Video]

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Contagious yawning can be annoying, but it might also be a sign of good social skills. It's a type of emotional contagion, a phenomenon in which we tend to share the feelings of people around us. Scientific American MIND editor Sandra Upson explains in our latest Instant Egghead video.

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Written & presented by Sandra Upson

Production assistant: Joss Fong

Produced & edited by Eric R. Olson

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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