Can You Identify A Psychopath By Yawning At Them?

New research shows people with psychopathic tendencies don’t copy the behaviours of others

Scientists have discovered that people with low empathy levels and other psychopathic characteristics are less affected by contagious yawning.

The researchers at Baylor University tested students for anti-social traits and found those who were “cold-hearted” or “non-conformist” were less likely to yawn when shown images of people yawning.

However, Brian Rundle, one of the researchers, told The Times, “One of the biggest lines of evidence is that (contagious yawning is) very much related to empathy.”

“While this is a really interesting finding, it doesn’t mean that if you’re not affected by a contagious yawn there’s something wrong with you.”

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