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Why is yawning contagious?

Why is yawning contagious?

Yawns are contagious: There are interesting studies showing that when one person starts yawning, others do follow. In fact, not yawning in response to others can be a sign of abnormal social behavior. But yawning is not "contagious" in the medical sense, it's a social interaction, like smiling back at someone when they smile at you :-). ...Read more

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Yawning (Definition)

Yawning is opening the mouth semi-voluntarily while taking a long, deep breath of air. It is a type of reflex action controlled by the brain (a person cannot yawn on command). Yawning is normal, and usually due to drowsiness or tiredness. However, excessive yawning that happens much more often than normal may be caused by vagus nerve signals, due ...Read more


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Is there any scientific reason why yawning is contagious?

Is there any scientific reason why yawning is contagious?

Not that we know of: Yawning tends to occur with a change in level of awareness or level of arousal of consciousness. Why it's so contagious in unknown. ...Read more

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What makes yawning so contagious? It's harmless but it seems to very quite contagious.

What makes yawning so contagious? It's harmless but it seems to very quite contagious.

YES: A recent study shows that yawning when others yawn is a sign of empathy and a form of social bonding. Kids don't develop this deeply rooted behavior until around age four. "emotional contagion seems to be a primal instinct that binds us together, " said molly helt, a graduate student in clinical psychology at the university of connecticut, storrs. "yawning may be part of that.". ...Read more

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Why do people yawn when someone around them yawns? Is it psychological or actually contagious?

Why do people yawn when someone around them yawns? Is it psychological or actually contagious?

Probabyl: The mythbusters looked at this a couple of years ago: http://dsc.Discovery.Com/videos/mythbusters-is-yawning-contagious-minimyth.Html they found it to be confirmed. ...Read more

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Clinical psychology or psychiatry question: i heard that yawning really is contagious, is that true?

Clinical psychology or psychiatry question: i heard that yawning really is contagious, is that true?

Yawning: Yes, studies have shown in humans that yawning is contagious! there is still much to be understood why we do it (and many other animals) and why is it contagious. Some researchers think it has to do with social bonding. It doesn't usually become contagious until about age 4. Kids with autism (and challenged social bonding) are half as likely to "catch" a contagious yawn. ...Read more

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Are yawns really contageous?

Empathy: The follow article indicated that contagious yawning is likely associated with the development of the ability to empathize at around age 4 in humans. http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/question572.htm. ...Read more

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How long is c diffcile contagious after you get on meds ? Should i cancel next week, s dinner for my family ? Thanks

How long is  c diffcile contagious after you get on meds ? Should i cancel next week, s dinner for my family ? Thanks

Enjoy your dinner: Clostridium difficile is acquired by ingesting the spore form of the organism. These spores form from the bacteria in stool. If you've been treated and are continent of stool you are not considered contageous. Even if you are colonized with c. Difficile unless you take antibiotics there is little risk of your getting ill. ...Read more

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What is the difference between s. Heamolyticus and s. Saprophyticus? Are they both transmitted the same way? Are they both as contagious?

What is the difference between s. Heamolyticus and s. Saprophyticus? Are they both transmitted the same way? Are they both as contagious?

Skin flora: Staphylococcus haemolyticus and staph saprophyticus are bacteria that live on the skin. When they're found in the urine in a man, it's usually because of contamination from the skin of the penis during the process of peeing into the cup. It's not an infection, not contagious, and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Is mg contagious?

Is mg contagious?

No: If you mean myasthenia gravis, it is not contagious. It is an autoimmune problem that has a relationship to the thymus. Some other neuromuscular problems can be similar, so be sure to get a clear diagnosis if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more