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Contagious Yawning in the Domestic Cat (Felis catus)

By Ariel M. Lombardo Aghishian

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Abstract

This study investigates contagious yawning in domestic cats towards their owners, looking at potential links with empathy. Results showed no significant difference in yawning between conditions. The solitary nature of wildcats and their shared ancestor, and the unique social behavior in domesticated cats may explain these findings.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Pages 36
Department Psychology
Degree Master of Arts (MA)
URL https://academicworks.cuny.edu/hc_sas_etds/436/
Language English
University Hunter College
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Cats
  3. Mammals
  4. open access
  5. Pets and companion animals
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