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Remembering religious rituals: Autobiographical memories of high-arousal religious rituals considered from a narrative processing perspective

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Remembering religious rituals : Autobiographical memories of high-arousal religious rituals considered from a narrative processing perspective. / van Mulukom, Valerie.

In: Religion, Brain and Behavior, Vol. 7, No. 3, 03.07.2017, p. 191-205.

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van Mulukom V. Remembering religious rituals: Autobiographical memories of high-arousal religious rituals considered from a narrative processing perspective. Religion, Brain and Behavior. 2017 Jul 3;7(3):191-205. doi: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1232304

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