Asking "why" helps action control by goals but not plans

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WIEBER, Frank, Lisa A. SEZER, Peter M. GOLLWITZER, 2013. Asking "why" helps action control by goals but not plans. In: Motivation and Emotion. 38(1), pp. 65-78. ISSN 0146-7239. eISSN 1573-6644. Available under: doi: 10.1007/s11031-013-9364-3

@article{Wieber2013Askin-26276, title={Asking "why" helps action control by goals but not plans}, year={2013}, doi={10.1007/s11031-013-9364-3}, number={1}, volume={38}, issn={0146-7239}, journal={Motivation and Emotion}, pages={65--78}, author={Wieber, Frank and Sezer, Lisa A. and Gollwitzer, Peter M.} }

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