Why do we yawn? Maybe to keep our brains cool.

November 23, 2011 | By | Reply More

I learned this from National Geographic:

[Gary] Hack and co-author Andrew Gallup, of Princeton University, propose that yawning causes the walls of the maxillary sinus to expand and contract like a bellows, pumping air onto the brain, which lowers its temperature. Located in our cheekbones, the maxillary are the largest of four pairs of sinus cavities in the human head. Like a computer, the human brain is “exquisitely” sensitive to temperature and must stay cool to work efficiently . . . “

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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