The octave illusion in relation to handedness and familial handedness background

  title={The octave illusion in relation to handedness and familial handedness background},
  author={Diana Deutsch},
  • D. Deutsch
  • Published 31 December 1983
  • Medicine
  • Neuropsychologia

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