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Imitation in one’s own presence: no specific effect of self-focus on imitation. / Khemka, Divyush; Ahmadilari, Narges; Bird, Geoffrey; Catmur, Caroline.

In: Acta Psychologica, 03.10.2020.

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Khemka, D, Ahmadilari, N, Bird, G & Catmur, C 2020, 'Imitation in one’s own presence: no specific effect of self-focus on imitation.', Acta Psychologica.

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Khemka, D., Ahmadilari, N., Bird, G., & Catmur, C. (Accepted/In press). Imitation in one’s own presence: no specific effect of self-focus on imitation. Acta Psychologica.

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Khemka D, Ahmadilari N, Bird G, Catmur C. Imitation in one’s own presence: no specific effect of self-focus on imitation. Acta Psychologica. 2020 Oct 3.

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Khemka, Divyush ; Ahmadilari, Narges ; Bird, Geoffrey ; Catmur, Caroline. / Imitation in one’s own presence: no specific effect of self-focus on imitation. In: Acta Psychologica. 2020.

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