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Contributions of dynamic systems theory to cognitive development. / Spencer, John P.; Austin, Andrew; Schutte, Anne R.

In: Cognitive Development, Vol. 27, No. 4, 10.2012, p. 401-418.

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Spencer, John P. ; Austin, Andrew ; Schutte, Anne R. / Contributions of dynamic systems theory to cognitive development. In: Cognitive Development. 2012 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 401-418.

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