Is Alexithymia the Emotional Equivalent of Blindsight?

@article{Lane1997IsAT,
  title={Is Alexithymia the Emotional Equivalent of Blindsight?},
  author={Richard D. Lane and Geoffrey L. Ahern and Gary E. Schwartz and Alfred W. Kaszniak},
  journal={Biological Psychiatry},
  year={1997},
  volume={42},
  pages={834-844}
}

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