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From understanding to appreciating music cross-culturally. / Fritz, Thomas Hans; Schmude, Paul; Jentschke, Sebastian; Friederici, Angela D.; Koelsch, Stefan.

In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 8, No. 9, e72500, 04.09.2013.

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Fritz, TH, Schmude, P, Jentschke, S, Friederici, AD & Koelsch, S 2013, 'From understanding to appreciating music cross-culturally', PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 9, e72500. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0072500

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Fritz, T. H., Schmude, P., Jentschke, S., Friederici, A. D., & Koelsch, S. (2013). From understanding to appreciating music cross-culturally. PLoS ONE, 8(9), [e72500]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0072500

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Fritz TH, Schmude P, Jentschke S, Friederici AD, Koelsch S. From understanding to appreciating music cross-culturally. PLoS ONE. 2013 Sep 4;8(9). e72500. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0072500

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Fritz, Thomas Hans ; Schmude, Paul ; Jentschke, Sebastian ; Friederici, Angela D. ; Koelsch, Stefan. / From understanding to appreciating music cross-culturally. In: PLoS ONE. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 9.

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