The current study examines the effect of the valence of information provided about an actor on viewers identification with the character played by that actor and enjoyment of watching the film. The results from an experiment we conducted demonstrate that the valence of information about an actor influences identification with the character through the mediation of perceptions about the character s traits and through transportation into the narrative. Information about the actor also indirectly affects the enjoyment of watching the film. We discuss these effects using the concepts of mental models, priming, and the fundamental attribution error as well as transportation theory.
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Department of Communication University of Haifa 199 Abba Khoushy Ave. 31905, Haifa Israel firstname.lastname@example.org Nurit Tal-Or (PhD, University of Haifa) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Haifa. Her research focuses on media psychology and interpersonal communication. Her work has been funded by The Israel Science Foundation and The Israeli Association for Research Funds and Education.
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- fundamental attribution error
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Applied Psychology