Bio

I am an experimental psychologists interested in learning, memory, psychopathology, fear, and anxiety. To investigate these topics, I mainly conduct laboratory studies using the classical conditioning paradigm and psychophysiological measures (such as skin conductance and the startle reflex).

I obtained a PhD in psychology in 2016 from Ghent University, Belgium. Thereafter, I was a post-doctoral researcher for three and a half years at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Currently, I am a tenure-track assistant professor here at Tilburg University.

For more information regarding my scientific work, you can visit my Google Scholar or ResearchGate profile.

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Recent publications

  1. Pandemic panic? - Results of a 14 month longitudinal study on fear of…

    Mertens, G., Lodder, P., Smeets, T., & Duijndam, S. (2023). Pandemic panic? Results of a 14 month longitudinal study on fear of COVID-19. Journal of Affective Disorders, 322, 15-23.
  2. Preregistration - Definition, advantages, disadvantages, and how it c…

    Krypotos, A. M., Mertens, G., Klugkist, I., & Engelhard, I. M. (2022). Preregistration: Definition, advantages, disadvantages, and how it can help against questionable research practices. In W. O'Donohue, A. Masuda, & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Avoiding questionable research practices in applied psychology (pp. 343-357). Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
  3. Corrigendum to: “Conceptual fear generalization gradients and their r…

    Mertens, G., Bouwman, V., & Engelhard, I. M. (2022). Corrigendum to: “Conceptual fear generalization gradients and their relationship with anxious traits: Results from a registered report": [Int. J. Psychophysiol. 170 (2021) 43–50]. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 176, 117-118.
  4. Fear of COVID-19 predicts vaccination willingness 14 months later

    Mertens, G., Lodder, P., Smeets, T., & Duijndam, S. (2022). Fear of COVID-19 predicts vaccination willingness 14 months later. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 88, [102574].
  5. Preregistration of studies with existing data

    Mertens, G., & Krypotos, A-M. (2022). Preregistration of studies with existing data. In J. Faintuch, & S. Faintuch (Eds.), Integrity of Scientific Research (pp. 361–370). Springer.

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