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. Conceptual fear generalization gradients and their relationship with …

    Mertens, G., Bouwman, V., & Engelhard, I. M. (2021). Conceptual fear generalization gradients and their relationship with anxious traits: Results from a registered report. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 170, 43-50.
  2. Does an unconditioned stimulus memory devaluation procedure decrease …

    Mertens, G., van Dis, E. A. M., Krypotos, A. M., & Engelhard, I. M. (2021). Does an unconditioned stimulus memory devaluation procedure decrease disgust memories and conditioned disgust? Results of two laboratory studies. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 82, [102447].
  3. Human fear conditioning is moderated by stimulus contingency instruct…

    Mertens, G., Boddez, Y., Krypotos, A-M., & Engelhard, I. M. (2021). Human fear conditioning is moderated by stimulus contingency instructions. Biological Psychology, 158, [107994].
  4. Intolerance of uncertainty and threat reversal - A conceptual replica…

    Mertens, G., & Morriss, J. (2021). Intolerance of uncertainty and threat reversal: A conceptual replication of Morriss et al. (2019). Behaviour Research and Therapy, 137, [103799].
  5. The latent and item structure of COVID-19 fear - A comparison of four…

    Mertens, G., Duijndam, S. N. C., Smeets, T., & Lodder, P. (2021). The latent and item structure of COVID-19 fear: A comparison of four COVID-19 fear questionnaires using SEM and network analyses. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 81, [102415].

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