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dc.contributor.authorMassen, Jorg J. M.
dc.contributor.authorGallup, Andrew C.
dc.creator
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-15T18:17:13Z
dc.date.available2017-08-15T18:17:13Z
dc.date.issued2017-09
dc.identifier.citationMassen, J. J. M., & Gallup, A. C. (2017). Review article: Why contagious yawning does not (yet) equate to empathy. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 80, 573-585. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.07.006en_US
dc.identifier.issn0149-7634
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/69345
dc.description.abstractVarious studies and researchers have proposed a link between contagious yawning and empathy, yet the conceptual basis for the proposed connection is not clear and deserves critical evaluation. Therefore, we systematically examined the available empirical evidence addressing this association; i.e., a critical review of studies on inter-individual differences in contagion and self-reported values of empathy, differences in contagion based on familiarity or sex, and differences in contagion among individuals with psychological disorders, as well as developmental research, and brain imaging and neurophysiological studies. In doing so, we reveal a pattern of inconsistent and inconclusive evidence regarding the connection between contagious yawning and empathy. Furthermore, we identify study limitations and confounding variables, such visual attention and social inhibition. Future research examining links between contagious yawning and empathy requires more rigorous investigation involving objective measurements to explicitly test for this connection.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria Psychology Department, State University of New York at Oneonta, USA Austrian Science Fund (FWF; nr.: P-829 26806)en_US
dc.publisherNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviewsen_US
dc.subjectyawningen_US
dc.subjectcontagious yawningen_US
dc.subjectempathyen_US
dc.subjectemotional contagionen_US
dc.subjectattentional biasesen_US
dc.subjectneuroimagingen_US
dc.titleWhy contagious yawning does not (yet) equate to empathyen_US
dc.title.alternativeNeuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviewsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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