Progesterone's effects on the psychology of disease avoidance: Support for the compensatory behavioral prophylaxis hypothesis

  title={Progesterone's effects on the psychology of disease avoidance: Support for the compensatory behavioral prophylaxis hypothesis},
  author={Diana Santos Fleischman and Daniel M. T. Fessler},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},

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