Dissociative Experience and Cultural Neuroscience: Narrative, Metaphor and Mechanism

  title={Dissociative Experience and Cultural Neuroscience: Narrative, Metaphor and Mechanism},
  author={Rebecca A Seligman and Laurence J. Kirmayer},
  journal={Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry},
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