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. Long COVID is not a uniform syndrome - Evidence from person-level sym…

    van den Houdt, S. C. M., Slurink, I. A. L., & Mertens, G. (2024). Long COVID is not a uniform syndrome: Evidence from person-level symptom clusters using latent class analysis . Journal of infection and public health, 17(2), 321-328.
  2. Fear of COVID-19 - Data of a large longitudinal survey conducted betw…

    Mertens, G., Lodder, P., Smeets, T., & Duijndam, S. N. C. (2023). Fear of COVID-19: Data of a large longitudinal survey conducted between March 2020 and June 2021. Data in Brief, 48, Article 109177.
  3. Managing fear during pandemics - Risks and opportunities

    Mertens, G., Engelhard, I. M., Novacek, D. M., & McNally, R. J. (2023). Managing fear during pandemics: Risks and opportunities. Perspectives on Psychological Science. Advance online publication.
  4. 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.
  5. Neural and psychophysiological markers of intolerance of uncertainty

    Morriss, J., Abend, R., Zika, O., Bradford, D. E., & Mertens, G. (2023). Neural and psychophysiological markers of intolerance of uncertainty. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 184, 94-99.

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