It is well known if yawning is contagious and can be prevalent in one room in just seconds, but apparently it was more common phenomenon found in women, as quoted of Dailymail on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
During the experiments, the researchers found that men and women have a similar average of the yawning spontaneity, but women tend to yawning to "reply" the others yawning.
Yawning as respond to others is a sign of empathy, which shows that women have more empathy and more could be close to others than men.
|Women were roughly twice as likely to 'catch' a yawn as men, a study found. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/20HLIm3)|
The research conducted at the University of Pisa in Italy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the internal emotional state of others, and previous research has shown that women are better in this respect than men.
For example, the research reveals women more often imitate the facial expressions of others, shows that women pay attention to other people's state of mind.
The team led by Dr Elisabetta Palagi examine whether women tend to unconsciously imitate other people yawn. To test the theory, the experts secretly watched hundreds of people in a social situation and workplace for five years.
The researchers specifically noted that the subject of "reply" other people yawn within three minutes.
|Researchers secretly observed people in hundreds of work and social situations over five years, noting whenever subjects 'returned' another person's yawn within three minutes (stock image). The rates of contagion were significantly lower between acquaintances than between friends and family members. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1PTtUwi)|
In the animal kingdom, females do tend to show pro-social behavior, the opposite of anti-social on male.
For example, compared to males, female mice showed great sensitivity to the pain of others (measured through increased writhing movements) and tend to be more willing to let its friend trapped by the rat trap.
Female chimpanzee is around more inclined to entertain others in distress and in gorillas, which are immature females offer more frequent consolation contact than males.
Understanding signals such as yawning helps a group to coordinate their action as sleeping at the same time. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILYMAIL]
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