Have you ever wondered why seeing someone yawn also makes you yawn? According to researchers, it makes a difference if you think of yourself as similar to the person who started the yawning. Georgina and Rob discuss yawning and teach you related vocabulary.

This week’s question
What biological function does yawning have?

a: To take in more oxygen

b: To get rid of carbon dioxide from our body

c: No one really knows

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.
𝐚 𝐲𝐚𝐰𝐧 / 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐚𝐰𝐧
breathe in and out with our mouth stretched open

can be spread from one person to another

𝐚 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐫
an action, often automatic, in response to a particular situation

connected to mental processes and the way our minds work

𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 (𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩)
to feel close to and have a sense of belonging to (a group)

𝐞𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭 (𝐚 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐫)
do, show (a behaviour)

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