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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No definite answer: Contagious yawning has been known since at least the 16th century, but there has yet to be an explanation that stood up under testing. The best was that people have a grouping of "mirror neurons" in their brains that do imitative behaviors, but recent studies show that these neurons aren't activated during contagious yawning. It remains somewhat of a mystery. ...Read more
Is it true tht U yawn nt bc your bored tired or stress but bc your nt getting enough oxygen bc I feel that way when I'm short of breath ?
Several theories: Yawning (oscitation) most often occurs in adults immediately before and after sleep, during tedious activities and as a result of its contagious quality. Theories involve yawning to get more oxygen to remove a build up of Carbon Dioxide, Boredom, an evolution theory (because our ancestors did it), and a "brain cooling" theory. ...Read more
My throat hurts when i swallow and when i talk.Sometimes i feel like i'm losing my voice. Also, when i yawn, my throat feels like it's gonna rip open.
Get it evaluated: Though antibiotics aren't needed for respiratory viral infections, a sore throat may need immediate antibiotic therapy for streptococcal infections since it is contagious. Additionally, a healthcare professional can assess for other things such as postnasal drip, primary HIV infection, retropharyngeal abscess, and others, depending on the specifics of your case. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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