Children with autism apparently donç¨š respond to social yawning, however, prompting some researchers to blame their well-chronicled struggle with empathy.
A new Japanese study suggests that, instead, children with the disorder , such as closed eyes, that make yawning contagious. The study was published 22 July in Autism Research and Treatment.
The researchers say children with autism miss those cues because they avoid looking at peopleç—´ faces. But that may not entirely explain it. For example, a small 2009 study found that typically developing children yawn even when theyè‡´e only heard another person do so, but .
In the new study, the researchers set up two experiments to determine whether children with autism look at othersãƒ»faces enough to catch a social yawn.
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