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Toward a general psychological model of tension and suspense. / Lehne, Moritz; Koelsch, Stefan.

In: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 6, 79, 11.02.2015.

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Lehne, Moritz ; Koelsch, Stefan. / Toward a general psychological model of tension and suspense. In: Frontiers in Psychology. 2015 ; Vol. 6.

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