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Experimental evidence of contagious yawning in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)

Overview of attention for article published in Animal Cognition, May 2015
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Title
Experimental evidence of contagious yawning in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)
Published in
Animal Cognition, May 2015
DOI 10.1007/s10071-015-0873-1
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Andrew C. Gallup, Lexington Swartwood, Janine Militello, Serena Sackett

Abstract

Experimental evidence of contagious yawning has only been documented in four mammalian species. Here, we report the results from two separate experimental studies designed to investigate the presence of contagious yawning in a social parrot, the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus). In Study 1, birds were paired in adjacent cages with and without visual barriers, and the temporal association of yawning was assessed between visual conditions. In Study 2, the same birds were exposed to video stimuli of both conspecific yawns and control behavior, and yawning frequency was compared between conditions. Results from both studies demonstrate that yawning is contagious. To date, this is the first experimental evidence of contagious yawning in a non-mammalian species. We propose that future research could use budgerigars to explore questions related to basic forms of empathic processing.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 4%
Germany 1 2%
France 1 2%
Hungary 1 2%
Austria 1 2%
Unknown 45 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 25%
Researcher 9 18%
Student > Bachelor 9 18%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 12%
Unspecified 5 10%
Other 9 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 19 37%
Unspecified 11 22%
Psychology 8 16%
Neuroscience 5 10%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 2 4%
Other 6 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 163. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 April 2019.
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#87,878
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#33
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#1,763
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Outputs of similar age from Animal Cognition
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