Why Are Habits Like Yawning, Scratching, Crossing Legs Contagious?

Mirroring others’ actions is an indicator of how empathetic we are.

written by
Rajvi Desai
Jul 12, 2019
why is yawning contagious
Yawning contagion is a form of echophenomena, an “automatic imitation of another’s words … or actions.”
AuthorRajvi Desai

Rajvi Desai is The Swaddle's Culture Editor. After graduating from NYU as a Journalism and Politics major, she covered breaking news and politics in New York City, and dabbled in design and entertainment journalism. Back in the homeland, she's interested in tackling beauty, sports, politics and human rights in her gender-focused writing, while also co-managing The Swaddle Team's podcast, Respectfully Disagree.