Article citation: Cohen, J. (2006). Audience identification with media characters. In J. Bryant & P. Vorderer (Eds.), Psychology of entertainment (pp. 183-197). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Vocabulary: Paradox of fiction Identification Transportation Similarity Homophily Wishful identification o Role modeling Critical reading v. referential reading Major issues addressed: The nature of identification o How does identifying with a character differ from simply ‘becoming the character’? Antecedents to identification o Psychological similarity v. demographic similarity o Character traits o Authorial devices o Viewer characteristics Identification’s impact upon perception Identification’s impact on enjoyment Cognitive, affective and behavioral effects of identification Questions for the midterm/final: What types of characters are young children most likely to identify with? Teenagers? What sorts of positive and negative effects are likely to accompany audience identification with an embezzler? What can a director of a television series do to increase audience identification with characters in his series?