Yawning as social behaviour

Posted by on Sep 11, 2007 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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Hat tip to Johnnie: yawning is not just ‘infectious’ in that it affects those around you and stimulates them to yawn (and is likely to be triggered by yawning around you or the thought of yawning around you) but it is also an indicator of an individuals’ empathetic skills. Apparently Engineers are less empathetic than Psychologists…

3 Comments

  1. John Dumbrille
    September 11, 2007

    Knowing this, yawns can also be incorporated into technique: you can encourage yourself to yawn when reading a nighttime story to a child, to help her realize her tiredness… modelling for her the slippery slope of marketing communications.

  2. mark Earls
    September 13, 2007

    top tip for breeders, John. Never spotted that before but will practice on other people’s offspring and report back

  3. mark Earls
    September 13, 2007

    top tip for breeders, John. Never spotted that before but will practice on other people’s offspring and report back