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Physiological effects of meditation: A longitudinal study

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Physiological effects of meditation : A longitudinal study. / West, Michael.

In: British Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 18, No. 2, 06.1979, p. 219-226.

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West, M 1979, 'Physiological effects of meditation: A longitudinal study', British Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 219-226. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8260.1979.tb00330.x

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West, Michael. / Physiological effects of meditation : A longitudinal study. In: British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 1979 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 219-226.

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