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Ambiguity as a resource to inform proto-practices: The case of skin conductance

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Ambiguity as a resource to inform proto-practices : The case of skin conductance. / Sanches, Pedro; Hook, Kristina; Sas, Corina; Stahl, Anna.

In: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), Vol. 26, No. 4, 21, 01.07.2019.

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Sanches, P, Hook, K, Sas, C & Stahl, A 2019, 'Ambiguity as a resource to inform proto-practices: The case of skin conductance', ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), vol. 26, no. 4, 21. https://doi.org/10.1145/3318143

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Sanches, P., Hook, K., Sas, C., & Stahl, A. (2019). Ambiguity as a resource to inform proto-practices: The case of skin conductance. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 26(4), [21]. https://doi.org/10.1145/3318143

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Sanches P, Hook K, Sas C, Stahl A. Ambiguity as a resource to inform proto-practices: The case of skin conductance. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). 2019 Jul 1;26(4). 21. https://doi.org/10.1145/3318143

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Sanches, Pedro ; Hook, Kristina ; Sas, Corina ; Stahl, Anna. / Ambiguity as a resource to inform proto-practices : The case of skin conductance. In: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). 2019 ; Vol. 26, No. 4.

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