Cognitive and psychosocial correlates of alexithymia following traumatic brain injury

@article{Henry2006CognitiveAP,
  title={Cognitive and psychosocial correlates of alexithymia following traumatic brain injury},
  author={Julie D. Henry and Louise H. Phillips and John R. Crawford and Georgia Theodorou and Fiona Summers},
  journal={Neuropsychologia},
  year={2006},
  volume={44},
  pages={62-72}
}

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