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Are yawns contagious?

 
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Acadiana



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Are yawns contagious? Reply with quote

My BF sent me a link to a "Yawn A Thon" where supposedly I can donate all the yawns I accidentally let out when he's talking to me - LOL. Does anyone know if yawns are actually contagious, or is it just a weird mental thing? Sometimes I'll yawn if I see my dog yawning - cute, but bizarre. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Acadiana,

It would seem so. I find myself yawning when cats and dogs do it in front of me and if someone else is yawning, I can't help it... setting off a chain of yawning around whoever is in the vicinity! It's like a row of dominoes - one goes over and they all go over!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My husband torments me by pretending to yawn. I can't help myself, I have to yawn. Very annoying.

I just yawned, writing about yawning.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard that you'll only start to yawn as well if you like the person who's yawning....interesting theory!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say definitely yes. I have yawned 5 times just reading this thread so there must be something in it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Australia we have this amazing semi-celebrity called Dr Karl, who, every week on the radio, answers callers "science" questions. I listen to them on podcast every week. Interesting!

When it comes to the contagiousness of yawning, he says that "epathetic" types (those who express concern when you stub your toe) are more likey to catch a yawn, while "cold fish" types pretty well immune to yawning in synchronicity.

I rarely yawn when others do, depending on my mood. Interesting, eh?
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Acadiana



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emilyj wrote:
I'd say definitely yes. I have yawned 5 times just reading this thread so there must be something in it.


Ha ha ha - is it because we're discuss yawns, or because we're boring you? Wink

I went to the site again and noticed this time around that it is actually promoting a new Pepsi product. Now, if you REALLY want to yawn, watch the commercials for it - it is nothing but people yawning. I offered my coworker $500 to watch it without yawning, and guess what, I still have my money!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It turns out that there is a scientific explanation as to why one yawn in a room begets others. Well, quasi-scientific ... As you know, you yawn because of fatigue that is due to lack of oxygen in the lungs. By yawning, you inhale deeply and get more oxygen in your system. But, of course, by doing so, you deplete the total amount of oxygen in the room, causing others to fall below their optimal oxygen saturation, and hence ... OK, OK, I know it's baloney, but it's sort of funny baloney if you're a nerdly enough scientist ... which I guess I am!
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Acadiana



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BG wrote:
It turns out that there is a scientific explanation as to why one yawn in a room begets others. Well, quasi-scientific ... As you know, you yawn because of fatigue that is due to lack of oxygen in the lungs. By yawning, you inhale deeply and get more oxygen in your system. But, of course, by doing so, you deplete the total amount of oxygen in the room, causing others to fall below their optimal oxygen saturation, and hence ... OK, OK, I know it's baloney, but it's sort of funny baloney if you're a nerdly enough scientist ... which I guess I am!


Well after surfing the Pepsi site, I went to wikipedia to research yawns:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yawn

It basically says what you said, along with a few other 'theories.' Really interesting stuff. Yawn! (jk)
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The oddest (to me) sentence in the Wikipedia article:

"Yawning may occur less frequently in persons with schizophrenia."

Less frequently than what?
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