12 pm: The midday low – yawn, yawn, yawn
Does the yawning of your colleagues affect you too much? Take it as a compliment on your empathy. Because British researchers came to the conclusion that people who are highly influenced by the yawning of others, have a special ability to empathise with others.
Psychologists of the university in Leeds sent students as subjects with one companion into a waiting room. The companion yawned ten times within ten minutes. The researchers counted how many times the yawning infected the subjects.
Afterwards they tested the degree of empathy of the subjects. The ones that yawned often, scored the highest in the test.
BTW: If you yawned because of reading this, it is a good sign. Scientists found that even just reading or hearing about yawning will make you yawn.