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# Is it true if you yawn, someone else close to you will yawn also? If so, what makes that happen?

Question #48532. Asked by Dead Man Inc. (Jun 18 04 3:58 PM)

Stoatgobbler

I've no idea - This is one of life's great mysteries, and is something that's puzzled me for years! This is the phenomenon known as "the infectious yawn". Somebody close to you yawns, and before you know it, you're yawning too, regardless of whether or not you feel sufficiently tired to do so! As I said, one of life's great mysteriezzzzzzzzzz...

 Jun 18 04, 4:50 PM
gmackematix

The contagious properties of yawning seem less mysterious than the question of why we yawn at all.
http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_309.html

 Jun 18 04, 7:17 PM
Arnprior

By "Subliminal" suggestion, a person yawning will make another feel like yawning too.

 Jun 18 04, 9:14 PM

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