Contagious yawning in autistic and typical development.

@article{Helt2010ContagiousYI,
  title={Contagious yawning in autistic and typical development.},
  author={Molly S. Helt and Inge-Marie Eigsti and Peter J. Snyder and Deborah Fein},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2010},
  volume={81 5},
  pages={
          1620-31
        }
}
The authors tested susceptibility to contagious yawning in 120 children, 1-6 years, to identify the time course of its emergence during development. Results indicated a substantial increase in the frequency of contagious yawning at 4 years. In a second study, the authors examined contagious yawning in 28 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), 6-15 years. Children with ASD showed diminished susceptibility to contagious yawning compared with 2 control groups matched for mental and… CONTINUE READING
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