Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Yawning Dogs

I was listening to NPR this morning, to the BBC Newshour program. Seems some guy did a (brief) study about dogs yawning when people do. He was inspired by his own "clever" labrador, and another study about yawning and autism, suggesting that contagious yawning requires empathy (which apparently our canine companions have plenty of), and because autistic kids tend to lack empathy, they are immune to the contagious qualities of yawning. 

(I'm yawning my face off just typing this... too much empathy, or too little sleep?)

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