A yoga program for cognitive enhancement
Publication Date
August 04, 2017
Authors
Devon Brunner, Amitai Abramovitch & Joseph Etherton
Volume
12
Issue
8
Pages
e0182366
DOI
http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182366
Publisher URL
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0182366
Scopus
85026817041
Mendeley
http://www.mendeley.com/research/yoga-program-cognitive-enhancement-1
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