Editorial: 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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