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Connecting With Fictional Characters: The Power of Books

Authors
  • Webber, Charlotte1
  • Wilkinson, Katherine2
  • Duncan, Lynne G.3
  • McGeown, Sarah1
  • 1 Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh , (United Kingdom)
  • 2 Scottish Book Trust, Edinburgh , (United Kingdom)
  • 3 Department of Psychology, University of Dundee, Dundee , (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Apr 25, 2022
Volume
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2022.658925
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Neuroscience and Psychology
  • Core Concept
License
Green

Abstract

Books have the power to take us on great adventures, immerse us in fantasy worlds, change our points of view, scare us, and make us laugh or cry. The characters bring the stories to life and join us on the journeys through the pages of our favorite reads. But have you ever thought about what might be happening in our brains when we let Harry Potter or Bella Swan take us on a fictional adventure? Psychologists have come up with some ingenious techniques to measure how we connect with characters in books, and they are still discovering how fictional characters might help us better understand ourselves and others. By conjuring up vivid images of different characters and letting us connect or empathize with them, books help us explore our own identities and put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Our favorite characters really can take us on the most incredible journeys!

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