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Why is yawning contagious?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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 :-).

In brief: 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 :-).
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Not

Contagious means that it is passed on from one person to another. Seeing somebody yawn may make you think about being sleepy, and have you yawning as well, but this is only suggestive and not compelling.

In brief: Not

Contagious means that it is passed on from one person to another. Seeing somebody yawn may make you think about being sleepy, and have you yawning as well, but this is only suggestive and not compelling.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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