Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Geosci. Commun., 3, 291–302, 2020
Geosci. Commun., 3, 291–302, 2020

Research article 23 Sep 2020

Research article | 23 Sep 2020

The human side of geoscientists: comparing geoscientists' and non-geoscientists' cognitive and affective responses to geology

Anthea Lacchia et al.

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