People with psychopathic traits are less likely to catch a yawn from the sleepy people around them because they tend to lack empathy, according to a Baylor study by Brian Rundel, an Honors College alum and doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience at Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences. It has long been believed that “contagious yawning” is a deep-seated signal that demonstrates an emotional connection with another person, with yawns shared more easily among family members than strangers.
Baylor University alumna Syd Lewis is one of four Baylor students and recent graduates who have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Lewis is a University Scholar with a concentration in neuroscience. At Baylor, she was a supplemental instructor for neuroscience, worked in a neuromorphic lab and was a member of Baylor’s Student Foundation. She received the Fulbright award in neuroscience and will spend the 2015-2016 academic year at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, where she will earn her master’s degree in neuropsychology. Baylor Media Communications conducted a Q&A with each of Baylor’s most recent Fulbright recipients, including Lewis.
Article by Dr. Alan Jacobs, a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the author most recently of "The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography."