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Andrew Gallup First to Show That Yawning is Contagious in Birds

Have you ever caught yourself yawning right after seeing someone else yawn? The same thing happens to budgies, says Andrew Gallup, assistant professor of psychology at SUNY Oneonta. His research team is the first to show that contagious yawning occurs between members of a bird species. The results are published in the May 2015 peer-reviewed journal Animal Cognition.

Contagious yawning was previously thought only to occur between humans, domestic dogs, chimpanzees and a type of rodent called the high-yawning Sprague-Dawley rat.

“To date, this is the first experimental evidence of contagious yawning in a non-mammalian species,” says Gallup, who worked with current SUNY Oneonta psychology students Janine Militello and Lexington Swartwood and 2014 graduate Serena Sackett on the research.

The findings that contagious yawning occurs between budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus), also known as parakeets, in a controlled laboratory setting corroborate a previous observation of the same thing happening in a flock of these social parrots. Budgies are of Australian origin and are often kept in cages as pets. In the wild, these birds form lasting bonds within breeding pairs and interact within coordinated flocks throughout the year. In a laboratory setting, budgies are known to automatically imitate video stimuli shown to them.

Gallup’s team conducted two experiments. In the first, 16 birds were paired in adjacent cages with and without barriers blocking their view. If contagious, yawns should be clustered in time only when the birds could see one another. In the second experiment, the same birds were shown separate video clips of a budgie yawning and not yawning.

Yawning was found to occur three times as often within a five-minute window when the birds could see one another than when their view was blocked from the other bird. When they were viewing video clips of another budgie yawning, yawns occurred twice as often. This response was not the result of stress or anxiety.

The researchers believe that contagious yawning is more than just an involuntary action, but, rather, a primitive form of showing empathy. Birds are known to have certain emphatic responses, and Gallup proposes that since contagious yawns can be experimentally manipulated, budgies could be used to explore questions related to basic forms of empathic processing.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

OEI Study Hours 8/31/2016

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall Computer Lab/Media Room

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Multicultural Club Expo 8/31/2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall Multipurpose Room - 101

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kappa Sigma 8/31/2016

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Hunt Union Ballroom-Front

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Campus Ambassadors 8/31/2016

4:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall CME Great Room (downstairs) - 11A Campus Ambassadors is a Christian club through SUCO. We will be meeting on campus for the first week after classes begin; 8/31/16. We are usually an off campus club that meets in a building called Blue Fields café down town, however we like to met on campus for the first week to get more students involved in our club. This way new students have a better chance at finding out what type of club we are and what we represent. We want to get our name, Campus Ambassadors out into the campus so that more students know who we are and what we represent. Wednesday; 8/31/16 Campus Ambassadors will be in the CME from 4pm till 10pm having our first meeting and worship night. Here we will be starting off with some live music from our worship band and then hearing from one of our youth pastors talk about faith and how it is in our lives. We will also be talking with one another about Jesus and how He and faith play a roll in and through our lives daily. We love meeting new people and cannot wait to see old friends and new friends come together in one place.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PreHealth Professions AY 16-17 Planning 8/31/2016

3:00 PM to 3:45 PM - Science Building 1 SCI1 121 SMART LECTURE HALL

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lambda Lady Pops 8/31/2016

11:45 AM to 4:00 PM - Quad Areas Schumacher Quad A We will be giving out popsicles to welcome new and returning students to campus.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome to Hogwarts 8/31/2016

8:00 AM to 11:45 PM - Quad Areas Banner Jazzman's C Welcome to Hogwarts is an event hosted by Harry Potter Club. It is the first "meeting" and event of the year from this club. It gets students interested in the club, and make new friends who have the same interest in Harry Potter.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

OEI Study Hours 8/30/2016

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall Computer Lab/Media Room

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pillow Fight 8/30/2016

11:45 AM to 3:00 PM - Quad Areas Schumacher Quad A We will be having a pillow fight to welcome new students to campus.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Welcome to Hogwarts 8/30/2016

8:00 AM to 11:45 PM - Quad Areas Banner Jazzman's C Welcome to Hogwarts is an event hosted by Harry Potter Club. It is the first "meeting" and event of the year from this club. It gets students interested in the club, and make new friends who have the same interest in Harry Potter.

Andrew Gallup First to Show That Yawning is Contagious in Birds

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Have you ever caught yourself yawning right after seeing someone else yawn? The same thing happens to budgies, says Andrew Gallup, assistant professor of psychology at SUNY Oneonta. His research team is the first to show that contagious yawning occurs between members of a bird species. The results are published in the May 2015 peer-reviewed journal Animal Cognition.

Contagious yawning was previously thought only to occur between humans, domestic dogs, chimpanzees and a type of rodent called the high-yawning Sprague-Dawley rat.

“To date, this is the first experimental evidence of contagious yawning in a non-mammalian species,” says Gallup, who worked with current SUNY Oneonta psychology students Janine Militello and Lexington Swartwood and 2014 graduate Serena Sackett on the research.

The findings that contagious yawning occurs between budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus), also known as parakeets, in a controlled laboratory setting corroborate a previous observation of the same thing happening in a flock of these social parrots. Budgies are of Australian origin and are often kept in cages as pets. In the wild, these birds form lasting bonds within breeding pairs and interact within coordinated flocks throughout the year. In a laboratory setting, budgies are known to automatically imitate video stimuli shown to them.

Gallup’s team conducted two experiments. In the first, 16 birds were paired in adjacent cages with and without barriers blocking their view. If contagious, yawns should be clustered in time only when the birds could see one another. In the second experiment, the same birds were shown separate video clips of a budgie yawning and not yawning.

Yawning was found to occur three times as often within a five-minute window when the birds could see one another than when their view was blocked from the other bird. When they were viewing video clips of another budgie yawning, yawns occurred twice as often. This response was not the result of stress or anxiety.

The researchers believe that contagious yawning is more than just an involuntary action, but, rather, a primitive form of showing empathy. Birds are known to have certain emphatic responses, and Gallup proposes that since contagious yawns can be experimentally manipulated, budgies could be used to explore questions related to basic forms of empathic processing.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

OEI Study Hours 8/31/2016

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall Computer Lab/Media Room

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Multicultural Club Expo 8/31/2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall Multipurpose Room - 101

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kappa Sigma 8/31/2016

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Hunt Union Ballroom-Front

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Campus Ambassadors 8/31/2016

4:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall CME Great Room (downstairs) - 11A Campus Ambassadors is a Christian club through SUCO. We will be meeting on campus for the first week after classes begin; 8/31/16. We are usually an off campus club that meets in a building called Blue Fields café down town, however we like to met on campus for the first week to get more students involved in our club. This way new students have a better chance at finding out what type of club we are and what we represent. We want to get our name, Campus Ambassadors out into the campus so that more students know who we are and what we represent. Wednesday; 8/31/16 Campus Ambassadors will be in the CME from 4pm till 10pm having our first meeting and worship night. Here we will be starting off with some live music from our worship band and then hearing from one of our youth pastors talk about faith and how it is in our lives. We will also be talking with one another about Jesus and how He and faith play a roll in and through our lives daily. We love meeting new people and cannot wait to see old friends and new friends come together in one place.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PreHealth Professions AY 16-17 Planning 8/31/2016

3:00 PM to 3:45 PM - Science Building 1 SCI1 121 SMART LECTURE HALL

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lambda Lady Pops 8/31/2016

11:45 AM to 4:00 PM - Quad Areas Schumacher Quad A We will be giving out popsicles to welcome new and returning students to campus.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome to Hogwarts 8/31/2016

8:00 AM to 11:45 PM - Quad Areas Banner Jazzman's C Welcome to Hogwarts is an event hosted by Harry Potter Club. It is the first "meeting" and event of the year from this club. It gets students interested in the club, and make new friends who have the same interest in Harry Potter.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

OEI Study Hours 8/30/2016

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall Computer Lab/Media Room

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pillow Fight 8/30/2016

11:45 AM to 3:00 PM - Quad Areas Schumacher Quad A We will be having a pillow fight to welcome new students to campus.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Welcome to Hogwarts 8/30/2016

8:00 AM to 11:45 PM - Quad Areas Banner Jazzman's C Welcome to Hogwarts is an event hosted by Harry Potter Club. It is the first "meeting" and event of the year from this club. It gets students interested in the club, and make new friends who have the same interest in Harry Potter.

Andrew Gallup First to Show That Yawning is Contagious in Birds

Latest Stories

Have you ever caught yourself yawning right after seeing someone else yawn? The same thing happens to budgies, says Andrew Gallup, assistant professor of psychology at SUNY Oneonta. His research team is the first to show that contagious yawning occurs between members of a bird species. The results are published in the May 2015 peer-reviewed journal Animal Cognition.

Contagious yawning was previously thought only to occur between humans, domestic dogs, chimpanzees and a type of rodent called the high-yawning Sprague-Dawley rat.

“To date, this is the first experimental evidence of contagious yawning in a non-mammalian species,” says Gallup, who worked with current SUNY Oneonta psychology students Janine Militello and Lexington Swartwood and 2014 graduate Serena Sackett on the research.

The findings that contagious yawning occurs between budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus), also known as parakeets, in a controlled laboratory setting corroborate a previous observation of the same thing happening in a flock of these social parrots. Budgies are of Australian origin and are often kept in cages as pets. In the wild, these birds form lasting bonds within breeding pairs and interact within coordinated flocks throughout the year. In a laboratory setting, budgies are known to automatically imitate video stimuli shown to them.

Gallup’s team conducted two experiments. In the first, 16 birds were paired in adjacent cages with and without barriers blocking their view. If contagious, yawns should be clustered in time only when the birds could see one another. In the second experiment, the same birds were shown separate video clips of a budgie yawning and not yawning.

Yawning was found to occur three times as often within a five-minute window when the birds could see one another than when their view was blocked from the other bird. When they were viewing video clips of another budgie yawning, yawns occurred twice as often. This response was not the result of stress or anxiety.

The researchers believe that contagious yawning is more than just an involuntary action, but, rather, a primitive form of showing empathy. Birds are known to have certain emphatic responses, and Gallup proposes that since contagious yawns can be experimentally manipulated, budgies could be used to explore questions related to basic forms of empathic processing.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

OEI Study Hours 8/31/2016

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall Computer Lab/Media Room

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Multicultural Club Expo 8/31/2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall Multipurpose Room - 101

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kappa Sigma 8/31/2016

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Hunt Union Ballroom-Front

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Campus Ambassadors 8/31/2016

4:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall CME Great Room (downstairs) - 11A Campus Ambassadors is a Christian club through SUCO. We will be meeting on campus for the first week after classes begin; 8/31/16. We are usually an off campus club that meets in a building called Blue Fields café down town, however we like to met on campus for the first week to get more students involved in our club. This way new students have a better chance at finding out what type of club we are and what we represent. We want to get our name, Campus Ambassadors out into the campus so that more students know who we are and what we represent. Wednesday; 8/31/16 Campus Ambassadors will be in the CME from 4pm till 10pm having our first meeting and worship night. Here we will be starting off with some live music from our worship band and then hearing from one of our youth pastors talk about faith and how it is in our lives. We will also be talking with one another about Jesus and how He and faith play a roll in and through our lives daily. We love meeting new people and cannot wait to see old friends and new friends come together in one place.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PreHealth Professions AY 16-17 Planning 8/31/2016

3:00 PM to 3:45 PM - Science Building 1 SCI1 121 SMART LECTURE HALL

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lambda Lady Pops 8/31/2016

11:45 AM to 4:00 PM - Quad Areas Schumacher Quad A We will be giving out popsicles to welcome new and returning students to campus.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome to Hogwarts 8/31/2016

8:00 AM to 11:45 PM - Quad Areas Banner Jazzman's C Welcome to Hogwarts is an event hosted by Harry Potter Club. It is the first "meeting" and event of the year from this club. It gets students interested in the club, and make new friends who have the same interest in Harry Potter.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

OEI Study Hours 8/30/2016

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Center for Multicultural Experiences/Lee Hall Computer Lab/Media Room

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pillow Fight 8/30/2016

11:45 AM to 3:00 PM - Quad Areas Schumacher Quad A We will be having a pillow fight to welcome new students to campus.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Welcome to Hogwarts 8/30/2016

8:00 AM to 11:45 PM - Quad Areas Banner Jazzman's C Welcome to Hogwarts is an event hosted by Harry Potter Club. It is the first "meeting" and event of the year from this club. It gets students interested in the club, and make new friends who have the same interest in Harry Potter.