Neuroendocrine and psychological effects of restricted environmental stimulation technique in a flotation tank

  title={Neuroendocrine and psychological effects of restricted environmental stimulation technique in a flotation tank},
  author={Pierre E. Schulz and C H Kaspar},
  journal={Biological Psychology},

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