dr. Gaëtan Mertens
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Gaëtan studied Experimental Psychology at Ghent University (2012) and then obtained his PhD there under the supervision of prof. dr. Jan De Houwer (May 2016; title of the thesis: "Fear learning via verbal instructions and stimulus pairings"). Since november 2016 he is working as a postdoctoral researcher together with prof. dr. Iris Engelhard and dr. Dieuwke Sevenster on the VICI project "A new approach to fear reduction by disrupting reconsolidation of threat memories". His research is concerned with investigating and optimizing new techniques that focus on the weakening of fearful memories and to translate these findings to a clinical context to improve therapeutic outcomes.

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  2018 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Mertens, G., Boddez, Yannick, Sevenster, D., Engelhard, I.M. & De Houwer, J. (2018). A review on the effects of verbal instructions in human fear conditioning: Empirical findings, theoretical considerations, and future directions. Biological Psychology, (pp. 49-64).
Mertens, G., Krypotos, A.M., van Logtestijn, Arlaine, Landkroon, E., van Veen, S.C. & Engelhard, I.M. (2018). Changing negative autobiographical memories in the lab: a comparison of three eye-movement tasks. Memory
Deltomme, Berre, Mertens, G., Tibboel, Helen & Braem, Senne (2018). Instructed fear stimuli bias visual attention. Acta Psychologica, 184, (pp. 31-38).
  2017 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Kissi, Ama, Hughes, Sean, Mertens, Gaëtan, Barnes-Holmes, Dermot, De Houwer, Jan & Crombez, Geert (2017). A Systematic Review of Pliance, Tracking, and Augmenting. Behavior Modification, 41 (5), (pp. 683-707).
Mertens, G. & De Houwer, J. (2017). Can threat information bias fear learning? Some tentative results and methodological considerations. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 8 (4), (pp. 390-412).
Van Dessel, Pieter, Mertens, G., Smith, Colin & De Houwer, Jan (2017). The mere exposure instruction effect - Mere exposure instructions influence liking. Experimental Psychology, 64 (5), (pp. 299-314) (41 p.).
  2016 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Mertens, Gaëtan, Raes, An K. & De Houwer, Jan (01-02-2016). Can prepared fear conditioning result from verbal instructions?. Learning and Motivation, 53, (pp. 7-23) (17 p.).
Mertens, Gaetan, Kuhn, Manuel, Raes, An K., Kalisch, Raffael, De Houwer, Jan & Lonsdorf, Tina B. (2016). Fear expression and return of fear following threat instruction with or without direct contingency experience. Cognition and Emotion, 30 (5), (pp. 968-984).
Mertens, Gaetan & De Houwer, Jan (2016). Potentiation of the startle reflex is in line with contingency reversal instructions rather than the conditioning history. Biological Psychology, 113, (pp. 91-99) (9 p.).
Kuhn, Manuel, Mertens, Gaetan & Lonsdorf, Tina B (2016). State anxiety modulates the return of fear. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 110, (pp. 194-199) (6 p.). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved..
Mertens, Gaëtan & De Houwer, Jan (2016). The impact of a context switch and context instructions on the return of verbally conditioned fear. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 51, (pp. 10-18) (9 p.). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
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