Wills, A.J. (2020). Editorial. Open Journal of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience, 1, 1-2. https://doi.org/10.46221/ojepn.2020.aa. First published: 5 June 2020.

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Andy J. Wills



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School of Psychology, Plymouth University, U.K. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Funding provided by the Cognition Institute, Plymouth University, U.K.

Copyright: © 2019. The authors license this article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 License.

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