Do animals other than human have infectious yawns?

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What is this copying of the infectious yawn called and do animals demonstate the same phenomenon?
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Do animals other than human have infectious yawns?
« Reply #1 on: 01/07/2010 21:01:10 »
How embarrassing no one knows the answer....YAWN!
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Do animals other than human have infectious yawns?
« Reply #2 on: 01/07/2010 22:09:06 »
I'm keeping an eye on our dogs to see if they do it. No data yet!
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Do animals other than human have infectious yawns?
« Reply #3 on: 02/07/2010 13:49:15 »
Monkeys ... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1504918/Yawn-and-the-monkey-world-yawns-with-you.html

It's claimed contagious yawning is proof the infected yawner is capable of empathy, but I think it's a socially cohesive reflex.

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« Last Edit: 02/07/2010 19:08:45 by RD »

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« Reply #4 on: 02/07/2010 16:50:55 »
Thanks all.
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« Reply #5 on: 26/07/2010 23:41:50 »
I actually yawned at reading the title.
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« Reply #6 on: 27/07/2010 03:33:00 »
As a firm believer in empirical data i have spent the last few hours yawning at my cat. All he did was go take a dump in the cat litter. I don't know if it means anything but i hope it helps.
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