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Defining Identification: A Theoretical Look at the Identification of Audiences With Media Characters
In this article I argue that although the notion of identification with media characters is widely discussed in media research, it has not been carefully conceptualized or rigorously tested inExpand
Understanding audience involvement: Conceptualizing and manipulating identification and transportation
Abstract Two central avenues for audience involvement in entertainment are identification and transportation. This study conceptually and empirically differentiated between these processes byExpand
Parasocial Breakups: Measuring Individual Differences in Responses to the Dissolution of Parasocial Relationships
A self-report measure is presented for assessing the expected reactions of television viewers to the loss of parasocial relationships. Based on three separate samples, the measure is validated andExpand
Parasocial Break-Up from Favorite Television Characters: The Role of Attachment Styles and Relationship Intensity
This study examined the responses of television viewers to the potential loss of their favorite television characters. A sample of 381 Israeli adults completed questionnaires, including questionsExpand
Parasocial relations and romantic attraction: Gender and dating status differences
The present study explores the links between individual TV viewers’ working models of attachment (Bowlby, 1980) and the parasocial relations they establish with their favorite TV character. StudentExpand
Cultivation revisited: Some genres have some effects on some viewers
This study aims to explore the effects of TV viewing on the cultivation of fear and interpersonal trust among Israeli youth, and to make methodological and theoretical contributions to the study ofExpand
When Good Friends Say Goodbye: A Parasocial Breakup Study
This study examines viewers' reactions to parasocial breakup with mediated characters in light of interpersonal and mass communication theories. Following the airing of the last episode of theExpand
Favorite characters of teenage viewers of Israeli serials
The present study explores the factors influencing Israeli teenage viewers’ choice of their favorite TV character from a popular night‐time serial. Participants were asked to choose a character fromExpand
The Influence of Presumed Media Influence on Democratic Legitimacy
Testing of the notion that perceptions of strong influence of biased media coverage may indirectly lead to an increased willingness to resort to violent protest in Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip finds that this idea is tested on a sample of Jewish settlers. Expand
Temporarily Expanding the Boundaries of the Self: Motivations for Entering the Story World and Implications for Narrative Effects
A wide variety of motivations for engaging with narratives have been proposed and studied. We propose that underlying these motivations is another, more fundamental motivation. Our premise is thatExpand