Paul S. Merritt

Phone:  (864) 784-1795

Office:  319-C Brackett Hall



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  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Cognitive Psychopharmacology (George Washington University, 2004)
  • PhD:  Cognitive Psychology (Colorado State University, 2002)
  • MS: Cognitive Psychology (Colorado State University, 1999)
  • BS:  Psychology (Colorado State University, 1996)

Research Interests:

  • Hormones and cognition
  • The role of cognitive dysfunction in nicotine withdrawal
  • Psychopharmacology and human performance
  • Teaching of psychology

Selected Publications:

  • Merritt, P. S., Cook, G. I., Wang, M., Schnarrs, P. W., & Jack, S. (2013, March 18). Can a Gay Man Play It Straight? How Being “Out” Influences Perceptions of Masculinity and Performance Appraisal. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Advance online publication.
  • Paper

  • Merritt, P., Stangl, B., Hirshman, E., & Verbalis, J. (In Press). Administration of Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Increases Serum Levels of Androgens and Estrogens But Does Not Enhance Short-term Memory in Post-Menopausal Women. Brain Research. Merritt_etal_BR_inpress
  • Merritt, P. S., Cobb, A. R., & Cook, G. I. (2012, February 27). Sex Differences in the Cognitive
    Effects of Tobacco Abstinence: A Pilot Study. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. Merritt_etal_2012
  • Merritt, P., Cobb, A., Moissinac, L., & Hirshman, E. (2010). Evidence that episodic memory impairment during tobacco abstinence is independent of attentional mechanisms. Journal of General Psychology, 137, 331-342. [Merritt_et al_2010]
  • Merritt, P., Hirshman, E., Wharton, W., Stangl, B., Devlin, J., & Lenz, A. (2007). Evidence for gender differences in visual selective attention. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 597-609. [Merritt et al., 2007]
  • Merritt, P., DeLosh, E. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2006). Effects of word frequency on individual-item and serial-order retention: Tests of the order-encoding view. Memory & Cognition, 34, 1615-1627. [Merritt_et al_2006]
  • Merritt, P., Hirshman, E., Zamani, S., Hsu, J., & Berrigan, M. (2006). Episodic representations support early semantic learning: Evidence from midazolam induced amnesia. Brain & Cognition, 61, 219-223.
  • Merritt, P., Hirshman, E., Hsu, J., & Berrigan, M. (2005) Metamemory without the memory: Are people aware of midazolam induced amnesia? Psychopharmacology, 177, 336-343.
  • Hirshman, E., Merritt, P., Wang, C., Wierman, M., Kohrt, W., Budescu, D. V., Templin, J., & Bhasin, S. (2004). Androgens and estrogens influence the effects of dehydropepiandrosterone (DHEA) on cognition in post-menopausal women. Hormones and Behavior, 144-155.
  • Hirshman, E., Rhodes, D., Zinser, M., & Merritt, P. (2004). The effect of smoking cessation on recognition memory, digit span recall and attentional vigilance. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 12, 76-83.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American of Psychological Science
  • Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • PSYCH 201: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH 310: Advanced Experimental Psychology