Self-confidence and performance: A little self-doubt helps.

  title={Self-confidence and performance: A little self-doubt helps.},
  author={T. Woodman and Sally Akehurst and L. Hardy and S. Beattie},
  journal={Psychology of Sport and Exercise},
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