Title

The Effects of Textual Stimuli on Contagious Yawning

Date

5-29-2014 2:00 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 4:00 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Chehalis Strapp

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The present study hypothesizes that the amount of contagious yawns produced will differ between participants exposed to textual stimuli involving yawning relative to textual stimuli involving smiling. After random assignment, participants (N=26, Female=14, Male=12, Mage=22.40, SDage=2.92) read material relevant for their group while the experimenter counted the number of yawns produced. Participants then filled out a questionnaire regarding demographics and their urge to yawn or smile. Consistent with the hypothesis, results show differences in the amount of contagious yawns elicited by different textual materials. Results suggest the type of material effects contagious yawning and should be considered in future studies.

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May 29th, 2:00 PM May 29th, 4:00 PM

The Effects of Textual Stimuli on Contagious Yawning

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

The present study hypothesizes that the amount of contagious yawns produced will differ between participants exposed to textual stimuli involving yawning relative to textual stimuli involving smiling. After random assignment, participants (N=26, Female=14, Male=12, Mage=22.40, SDage=2.92) read material relevant for their group while the experimenter counted the number of yawns produced. Participants then filled out a questionnaire regarding demographics and their urge to yawn or smile. Consistent with the hypothesis, results show differences in the amount of contagious yawns elicited by different textual materials. Results suggest the type of material effects contagious yawning and should be considered in future studies.