Dogs catch yawns!!

Human yawning is known to be contagious; scientists have revealed that dogs too can catch a yawn. Until now, only we humans and our primate family were thought to find yawning contagious. But Dr Senju and his team found how skilled dogs really were when they carried out studies. The teams findings were that out of 29 dog’s 21 dogs yawned when a stranger yawned in front of them. This research is believed to be the first evidence that dogs do have the capacity to empathise with people.

It is known that yawns improve the blood flow to the brain and boosts alertness. But just why they are contagious is less well understood. Yawning according to Scientists, is because it helps to keep you alert and signals just when it is time for us to rest.

category: General News
posted: 10:45: AM | Fri 22 Aug 2008

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