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. 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].
  2. 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].
  3. Tackling fear - Beyond associative memory activation as the only dete…

    Boddez, Y., Moors, A., Mertens, G., & De Houwer, J. (2020). Tackling fear: Beyond associative memory activation as the only determinant of fear responding. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 112, 410-419.
  4. Behavioral and physiological evidence challenges the automatic acquis…

    Corneille, O., & Mertens, G. (2020). Behavioral and physiological evidence challenges the automatic acquisition of evaluations. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29(6), 569-574.
  5. Induction of conditioned avoidance via mental imagery

    Krypotos, A-M., Mertens, G., Leer, A., & Engelhard, I. M. (2020). Induction of conditioned avoidance via mental imagery. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 132, [103652].

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