Contagious yawning: Frontal lobe – yes; dogs – yes; chimps – yes; autistic spectrum children – no; psychopaths -?

Further to the search for the “how to tell a psychopath in the first 5 minutes“, perhaps a “contagious yawn” examination is in order.

So, do psychopaths, who may have frontal lobe deficits, catch yawns from others?
See Psychoanalyst.TV for videos demonstrating contagious yawning between humans and animals.

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