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Contagious yawn ’caused by empathy’

By Peter Hutchison

It is the plague of boardroom meetings, university lecture halls, and dentists’ waiting rooms everywhere – the contagious yawn.


Now scientists have discovered why the expression of tiredness spreads from person to person throughout a room and why young children are immune to it. Workers who have the impulse to follow the yawns of their colleagues are simply trying to show empathy.