Social Modulation of Contagious Yawning in Wolves

  title={Social Modulation of Contagious Yawning in Wolves},
  author={Teresa Romero and Marie Ito and Atsuko Saito and Toshikazu Hasegawa},
  booktitle={PloS one},
On the basis of observational and experimental evidence, several authors have proposed that contagious yawn is linked to our capacity for empathy, thus presenting a powerful tool to explore the root of empathy in animal evolution. The evidence for the occurrence of contagious yawning and its link to empathy, however, is meagre outside primates and only recently domestic dogs have demonstrated this ability when exposed to human yawns. Since dogs are unusually skillful at reading human… CONTINUE READING

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