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When you “lose yourself” inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match that of the character, a new study suggests.

New study, indeed.  I could have told you that years ago, when I read Harry Potter 5 for the first time and was an extremely moody teenager for the whole week.
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I think I've turned into Sherlock Holmes
That sounds kind of like the definition for literature. Literature has been described as:
 "Anything that makes the reader feel changed or added to in some way after reading it"
Of course, some argue that literature is anything that makes an editor use a dictionary three times.
This may explain some of my interactions with people I dated that were into romance novels.
+Brian Nelson LOL

I do a type of online roleplaying game that has us writing our characters stories in interactions with others. I've "heard" my characters in my head on occasion, and rarely had a tendency to pick up some of their emotions and mannerisms while writing them. I think it just means I'm crazy.
+Hector Hurtado It's a fair bit of fun, but it's more around the period of months or years I'm writing the character. So not just when sitting and roleplaying, and can occasionally be somewhat awkward during daily routines. :/
Writers and actors experience something very similar as part of the creative process. That's one of many reasons why arts education is so important. 
I can't say that I've ever done this "experience-taking" as described in the article.  But I've certainly gained inspiration and / or minor mood changes based on the book I was reading at the time.

+Jake Weisz  I've played RP games where, to create the illusion of character, I've heavily altered how the "speech" of the character works.  Changing word choices, spellings, and sentence structure does wonders for that illusion.  And it's especially fun to pull off on the fly in an ad libbed, real-time character conversation.  But I've also caught myself dreaming or thinking in that altered mode.

+Wes Herche I've seen Mazes and Monsters too. :P  (And experienced the D&D scare during the same era.)
+Paul Hosking The old days where we used to write character dialogue over IM was fun, these days it tends to be more delayed through RP sites that handle the collaborative element.

I don't even have to think about the modified speech anymore, it's just natural at this point, the character just is. :P
That's interesting, +Hector Hurtado. I've known a lot of tabletop players over the years, but never had a chance to get into it myself.
+Hector Hurtado I tend to do this in online games like World of Warcraft.  Even with all the flashy (and mighty purty) graphics, text still provides much texture.  

Back in the day, we did have a good tabletop gaming group.  Not as much theatrics / acting.  But far more focus on character than what the dice provide.

I follow +Tabletop Forge - it looks like an interesting project.  I used to toy with OpenRPG many years ago.
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