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04 August 2003

Contagious yawns

I catch the yawns. I am obviously therefore - according to Nature - a very self-aware and empathetic person:

Identifying with another's state of mind while they yawn may trigger an unconscious impersonation...

Those impervious to the infection... struggle to put themselves in other people's shoes, psychological tests showed. For example, they might be less likely to recognise that a social faux pas or insult could cause someone else offence.

Hmmm but further reading of Nature reveals that I might just be a big fake:

Stretching the mouth into a fake yawn tends to mimic the body's response to a real one, such as an increase in heart rate.

and:

If you do a fake yawn, they likely or not turn into a real one.

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