The ABC of Ambivalence: Affective, Behavioral, and Cognitive Consequences of Attitudinal Conflict

  title={The ABC of Ambivalence: Affective, Behavioral, and Cognitive Consequences of Attitudinal Conflict},
  author={Frenk van Harreveld and Hannah U. Nohlen and Iris K. Schneider},
  journal={Advances in Experimental Social Psychology},

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