Is Yawning Not Contagious For Autistic Children?: Scientists Point To Missing Facial Cues, Not Lack Of Empathy

According to PsyBlog, founded by psychologist Jeremy Dean, yawns tend to be most contagious between members of the same family, followed by friends, acquaintances, and strangers. This social behavior is speculated to be a sign of empathy and a form of social bonding. Kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), however, are less likely to catch yawns — not because of their inherent lack of empathy, but because of their inattentiveness to facial cues, according to a new study.