Current issues and new directions in Psychology and Health. The role of the critic in health psychology: the Healthy Scepticism Project.

Psychology & Health (Impact Factor: 1.95). 07/2010; 25(6):647-50. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2010.498227
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