Yawning is more contagious for women due to their compassion
A new research has shown that yawning is more contagious for women as they are more compassion than men.
Experts said that yawning in response to someone else is a sign of empathy. They found that women hadincreased levels of empathy indicating that they were more compassionate towards others than men. The team of researchers found that men and women yawn spontaneously at equal rates but women were much more likely to yawn in response to someone else.
The study was conducted at Pisa University in Italy and researchers found that women are far more in tune with their surroundings as well as people around them compared to men. Women have been found to be better at empathy then men as they appear to have a better ability to understand the emotional states of others.
In the experiment, the researchers secretly observed people in a variety of work and social situations over a period of five years to know if women are more likely to respond to another person's yawning. The recorded weather or not their subjects 'replied' to another person's yawn in under three minutes. The results showed that once someone had yawned, the female subjects were far more likely to yawn as well.
The researchers said, "These results not only confirm that yawn contagion is sensitive to social closeness, but also that the phenomenon is affected by the same gender bias affecting empathy,' continued the researchers.These results not only confirm that yawn contagion is sensitive to social closeness, but also that the phenomenon is affected by the same gender bias affecting empathy."
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