How your brain bonds with fictional characters

Scans show similar activity to what occurs when you think about yourself.

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  • Researchers explored the brain activity that accompanies our often-close association with fictional characters.
  • The same brain region that's active when we think about ourselves seems to be involved.
  • When we like a fictional character, the research suggests, we see ourselves in them.
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    A study from McGill University reveals the secret of musicians who have excellent time.

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    Musicians and their audiences show synchronized patterns of brain activity

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    When a musician is playing a piece, and the audience is enjoying it, they can develop physical synchronies. Both might tap their feet, sway their bodies, or clap their hands.
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