Auditory contagious yawning in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris): first evidence for social modulation

  title={Auditory contagious yawning in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris): first evidence for social modulation},
  author={Karine Fedrigo Silva and Joana Bessa and Liliana de Sousa},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
Dogs’ capacity to ‘catch’ human yawns has recently attracted the attention of researchers in the field of animal cognition. Following recent studies suggesting that contagion yawning in humans, and some other primates, is empathy-related, some authors have considered the possibility that the same mechanism may underlie contagious yawning in dogs. To date, however, no positive evidence has been found, and more parsimonious hypotheses have been put forward. The present study explored the… CONTINUE READING
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