Content and Contagion in Yawning

@article{Sarnecki2008ContentAC,
  title={Content and Contagion in Yawning},
  author={John E. Sarnecki},
  journal={Philosophical Psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={21},
  pages={721 - 737}
}
  • John E. Sarnecki
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology
  • Philosophical Psychology
  • Yawning has a well documented contagious effect: viewing or hearing a yawn—as well as talking or thinking about yawns—causes human subjects to yawn. While comparative ethological and neurological accounts suggest that yawning is a function of primitive biological structures in the brain stem, these analyses do not account for infectious yawning caused by representational and semantic states. Investigating the relationship between perceptual and cognitive avenues of yawn induction affords a… CONTINUE READING
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