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Mediated relationships with TV characters

  title={Mediated relationships with TV characters},
  author={Jonathan Cohen and Michal Hershman-Shitrit},
Five TV actors completed the Big Five personality scale for a character they played on a popular Israeli TV comedy. Viewers of each of these series completed the same scales both for themselves and as they thought the characters would have completed them. They then completed parasocial relationship and identification scales with respect to the same character. Perceived and measured similarity scores (i.e., using the actors’ scores) were computed for each viewer-character pair. These similarity… 

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