The folk psychology of souls

  title={The folk psychology of souls},
  author={Jesse M. Bering},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={453 - 462}
  • J. Bering
  • Published 1 October 2006
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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