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The Reason Why Yawning Is Contagious

Despite its dull surface, yawning is actually one of the greatest mysteries in the studies of human behavior.


The experts from the University of Nottingham in England have discovered something significant regarding one of the most mundane thing of all – yawning. Their study revolved around the topic questions of the century – Why do people yawn? And why do we yawn when someone around us does? Surprisingly, these questions led them to something big.

Despite its dull surface, yawning is actually one of the greatest mysteries in the human behavioral studies.

One of the core reasons why we yawn is the pathological repetitions called Echophenomena.

Echophenomena, also known as echo phenomena, is “automatic imitative actions without explicit awareness.” When it occurs, we attempt to imitate the actions of others around us.

Echophenomena also happens on animals that can yawn like dogs.

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Unfortunately, the neural basis for Echophenomena is still a mystery.

Despite its connection to something mundane like yawning, Echophenomena is actually deeply associated to several serious clinical conditions like epilepsy, dementia, autism, and even Tourette syndrome. This connection is enough reason for the University of Nottingham professors like Stephen Jackson and Georgina Jackson to conduct a research about it.

During their research, they tested the motor excitability and the neural basis for yawning through transcranial magnetic stimulation. An AskMen report tell us that the test had the volunteers view footage of people yawning. The participants were allowed to try to stifle their yawn or just allow themselves to. Throughout the course of the test, the number of yawns and stifled yawns were counted. The results led Georgina Jackson to conclude:

This research has shown that the ‘urge’ is increased by trying to stop yourself, using electrical stimulation we were able to increase excitability and in doing so increase the propensity for contagious yawning. In Tourette if we could reduce the excitability we might reduce the ticks and that’s what we are working on.

Talking about the results of the study, Stephen Jackson was quoted saying:

If we can understand how alterations in cortical excitability give rise to neural disorders we can potentially reverse them, We are looking for potential non-drug, personalised treatments, using TMS that might be affective in modulating imbalances in the brain networks.

Surprisingly, the test led them to promising clues on treating various sicknesses. However, it appears that more research is still needed.


5 Absurd Reasons Why These Animals Got Extinct

I pray we don’t end up getting wiped out in the most absurd ways like these species.

The only consistent thing in this world is change. That’s a fact. Things come and go, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Everything eventually goes. Nothing’s exempted to that rule, even life. We even invented a word for it - we called it “extinction.”

Extinction is the reason why we no longer see deadly predators like giant frogs that can eat small dinosaurs today. It’s the sad (and comforting) part of nature and all we can do is accept it. Our world, despite its young age compared to its neighboring heavenly bodies out there, has already seen a fair share of extinction. Life forms have exited from this world in various ways. Some ended up in a blaze of glory, while some of them met their demise in the most ridiculous manner.

5. Tecopa pupfish

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Archaeologists Finally Figured Out How Ancient Egyptians Built The Great Pyramid Of Giza

Archaeologists announced that they have finally discovered the truth behind the creation of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza has baffled the world for centuries. Throughout the history, experts have tried to gain knowledge about its mysterious construction back in the Bronze Age – a time when society supposedly did not yet possessed the technology to build this magnificent work of wonders.

However, archaeologists announced recently that they have finally discovered the truth behind the creation of the Great Pyramid of Giza. According to the reports, the discovery made the experts understand how the ancient Egyptians transported two-and-a-half ton blocks of limestone and granite on a considerably tiresome 500 miles of trek when building the structure back in 2,600 B.C.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Artist Recreates How Disney Princesses Would Look Like If They Lived Today

A whole new reason to love these beauts!

Ah, Disney princesses. Whether you agree or not, at some point in your childhood, you’ve either admired and loved them. It’s true that we’ve seen a lot of reimagined versions of these beauties, most of which are modernized. The latest being an interpretation from a well-known Chilean digital artist named Fernanda Suarez. But unlike its predecessors, this one’s without a doubt “the fairest of them all.”

Suarez first started with Snow White and then moved to illustrate a total of seven classic princesses, all in modern interpretations. These masterpieces look like your casual girl friends who love to shop at Forever 21. Heck, you might even think they got their hair prepped by the best in Hollywood. And oh, it goes without saying that their poses are Instagram-worthy.

So, without further ado, here they are!

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