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16 September 2010

Autistic kids don't yawn 'contagiously'

Children with an autism spectrum disorder tend not to yawn "contagiously" - that is, yawn in response to seeing others yawn, a new study suggests.

Children with an autism spectrum disorder tend not to yawn "contagiously" - that is, yawn in response to seeing others yawn, a new study suggests.

"'Emotional contagion' means I get to experience a little bit of the emotion you experience," Helt said. "That gives rise to intuition, empathy and good social skills. The fact that autistic children are not yawning is a signal those basic social bonds that are forming in infants and children are not forming in children with autism."

 
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