Contagious Yawning – The Mystery Revealed! Contagious Yawning and Empathy

Everyone yawns for sure, but don’t be insulted the next time your friend yawns at your face and makes you yawn right back…


Contagious Yawning and Empathy
Recent studies have shown that empathy is an important part of the cognitive development. The psychologists at Leeds University in England have studied about contagious yawning and empathy. In their study, they have taken 40 psychology students and 40 engineering students. Each student was put in a room with an undercover assistant who yawned many times. The students were given an emotional quotient test, where they were shown 40 images of eyes to know what each emotion they displayed.

The results of this test revealed that contagious yawning is directly related to empathy.