Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within days > Health-in-Motion 22 November 2017 Why is yawning contagious? Why is yawning contagious? Scientists at the University of Nottingham have recently published a study which shows why yawning when someone else nearby does is so very difficult to resist. It turns out that the chain reaction is automatically triggered as a virtually unstoppable primitive reflex in the brain’s primary motor cortex, which is responsible for motor function. Experts refer to infectious yawning as an example of echopraxia – the automatic and involuntary imitation of another individual’s actions and it occurs in other species, like dogs and chimpanzees, too. 0 More: Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within daysHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Parenting Can you get pregnant from pre-ejaculate fluid? Fitness 5 reasons why old-school aerobics is still the best workout Parenting What’s the best sex position to conceive a baby? Sex Can the Pill lower her sex drive? Your questions answered Lifestyle This is why you have to pee so often in the morning Lifestyle SEE: The science of smartphone addiction From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Fact or myth? » Clearing up the confusion around coconut oil Coconut – the 'fruit of life' Can coconut oil really help you lose weight? Experts dish on the high-cal weight-loss tactic. Sobering perks! » 5 tips to avoiding a hangover Can you really be allergic to alcohol? Is giving up booze for a month actually worth it? Many people commit to "Dry January" – but does it do your body any good?