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This research was supported in full by the Research Committee of the University of Alabama.
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Siegel, P.S., Jackson, D.E. The effect of interrupted sexual activity upon the well-rehearsed feeding response. Psychon Sci 1, 337–338 (1964). https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03342944
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