Yawning has fascinated scientists for centuries yet little is known about the site of the yawning response and the pathways involved in its elicitation. In this article, we discuss the neurological pathways implicated in yawning and how yawning plays an important role in protecting our immune system, in multiple sclerosis, and in epilepsy. The intimate association of yawning and cortisol is discussed together with how these factors affect our attentional network.
Keywords: Yawning, Arousal, Sleep, Attentional network, Cortisol, Multiple sclerosis
Thompson S, Richer S. How Yawning and Cortisol Regulates the Attentional Network. J Neurosci Rehabil. 2015;2(1):1-9.