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    Absence of contagious yawning in children with autism spectrum disorder

    Senju, Atsushi and Maeda, M. and Kikuchi, Y. and Hasegawa, T. and Tojo, Y. and Osanai, H. (2007) Absence of contagious yawning in children with autism spectrum disorder. Biology Letters 3 (6), pp. 706-708. ISSN 1744-9561.

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    Abstract

    This study is the first to report the disturbance of contagious yawning in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Twenty-four children with ASD as well as 25 age-matched typically developing (TD) children observed video clips of either yawning or control mouth movements. Yawning video clips elicited more yawns in TD children than in children with ASD, but the frequency of yawns did not differ between groups when they observed control video clips. Moreover, TD children yawned more during or after the yawn video clips than the control video clips, but the type of video clips did not affect the amount of yawning in children with ASD. Current results suggest that contagious yawning is impaired in ASD, which may relate to their impairment in empathy. It supports the claim that contagious yawning is based on the capacity for empathy.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): yawning, contagious yawning, autism spectrum disorder, empathy, neuropathology
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 07:55
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:56
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4671

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