Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Why Yawning spreads person to person?

Why yawning spread
We often wonder why Yawning is spreading person to person. If someone starts yawning in a group, everyone starts following without any command. But, why is it happening? Research shows that yawning is a reflex caused due to excess of carbon dioxide and lack of oxygen in the blood. Our brain stem detects this and triggers the yawn reflex by its non vital nuclei in medulla oblongata. Neuroscientists believes that yawning spread due to the stimulation caused by mirror neurons in our brain when we see others yawning.

Some scientists opine that yawning helps to regulate our body temperature. Yawning is also caused by some chemicals produced in human nervous system known as neurotransmitters. If the quantity of these chemicals exceeds the optimal level in the brain, it causes yawning. There are beliefs that the contagious yawning associated with social bonding related to empathy.

The biological statement says yawning spreads due to herd instinct. This is nothing but a social tendency in humans to identify behaviour and follow them in a group. It is sometimes referred as “Following the herd”. This is nothing but an act, if someone did something; the others follow the same way. Interestingly, we can’t see this contagious behaviour of yawning among kids below five years old.

The contagious yawning has been observed in dogs, cat, chimpanzees and almost all animals. Feel free to yawning, there is nothing to stop.
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34 comments:

My Garden Diaries said...

Makes sense! I have always wondered about this! And how interesting as to why we yawn. All the best today!!

Jim and Sandie said...

Herd instinct - so is it pack instinct when my dogs yawn and then I do also? See, even the suggestion of yawning just made me yawn.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: indeed! Keep in touch

Priya Anandakumar said...

very interesting and informative post...

Launna said...

I never heard it that way before, following the herd... I know it is darned contagious :)

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

It's after 3 in the morning and I can't sleep, so yes I'm yawning for sure...LOL.
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Dana said...

That's really interesting! I've watched yawns spread from person to person as I've waited outside my daughter's classroom. They're definitely contagious!

Pat Hatt said...

yawning = herding, who knew, i guess you

Inger said...

This must be true because just looking at that baby made me yawn as well. Thanks for stopping by and deciding to follow my blog.

TexWisGirl said...

it is definitely catchy!

Theresa said...

Is reading about yawning contagious? Because just reading about the word yawn is making me start!

Cloudia said...

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Wendy said...

How interesting! I never knew that. Thanks :)

Bob Bushell said...

Thanks for telling us.

Kiran palwasha said...

very interesting. might be certain sort of wave length, traveling from one to another :)

The Refeathered Roost said...

It works just reading about it...I yawned even though this is very interesting! Have a great weekend!

Leovi said...

Yes, very interesting. So it is false that yawn of boredom?

Joy said...

While I thought that it is because one is tired.or bored:)

sarah said...

After seeing the yawning cute baby,I yawned. So the third explanation is the cause of my yawning,I wonder. Thank you the interesting theme.
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Julia said...

This is something I do everyday but never knew the mechanism of how it works. Very interesting. I was yawning just a few minutes ago as a mater of fact.

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Lady Lilith BloodCrave said...

What a cute photograph. There is so much research done on yawning these days. I do agree that it is interesting how it spreads from one to the next. It is like a cough as well one will start and soon the room will be coughing.

Barbara Fisher said...

How interesting - I had no idea I was just following the heard. I will have to think about that next time I yawn.
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Sherry Ellis said...

You've made me yawn. Thanks a lot! ;0)

Ric said...

Great info...I fell like yawning too!

Brian Miller said...

ha. it is funny how they are contageous...all it takes is one to start it...

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I'm not sure anyone really knows. I used to work with a lady that said, if she drove past a cave, it would make her yawn. :)

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I just know it is annoying, I am one of those people who yawns a lot and I hate it, it really annoys me

Hilary said...

You started me yawning as soon as I saw the baby.

Our photos said...

Lovely photo!

Ginny said...

Well, it has been a mystery foe a long time. And herd instinct does make some sense, too.

Mariodacatsmom said...

I never heard of that, so I learned something new again. I do know my eyes water when I yawn (and I've been diagnosed as having dry eyes).

Haddock said...

Herd Tendency..... something that I did not know.
I too always wondered about this contagious yawning.

Jhady said...

very true, yawning is so contagious. Even when my baby yawn infront of me I yawn back too

Beth Niquette said...

Yawning is the only thing I can think of, which is catching over the internet!!! LOL

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