Autism spectrum conditions affect preferences in valued personal possessions

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Autism spectrum conditions affect preferences in valued personal possessions. / Spikins, Penny; Wright, Barry John Debenham; Scott, Callum.

In: Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 2, 04.2018, p. 99-112.

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Spikins, P, Wright, BJD & Scott, C 2018, 'Autism spectrum conditions affect preferences in valued personal possessions', Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 99-112. https://doi.org/10.1037/ebs0000105

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Spikins, P., Wright, B. J. D., & Scott, C. (2018). Autism spectrum conditions affect preferences in valued personal possessions. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 12(2), 99-112. https://doi.org/10.1037/ebs0000105

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Spikins P, Wright BJD, Scott C. Autism spectrum conditions affect preferences in valued personal possessions. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. 2018 Apr;12(2):99-112. https://doi.org/10.1037/ebs0000105

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Spikins, Penny ; Wright, Barry John Debenham ; Scott, Callum. / Autism spectrum conditions affect preferences in valued personal possessions. In: Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. 2018 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 99-112.

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