Wilson Merrell


LIFE Fellow from 2021 to 2023, University of Michigan


Dissertation completed in December 2023

Conspicuous Experiences as Unique Signals of Both Status and Warmth

(Advisor: Josh Ackerman)

Selected Publications

Merrell, W. N., Choi, S., & Ackerman, J. M. (2024). When and why people conceal infectious disease. Psychological Science, 35(3), 215–225. https://doi.org/10.1177/09567976231221990

Fessler, D. M. T., Merrell, W., Holbrook, C., & Ackerman, J. (2022). Beware the foe who feels no pain: Associations between relative formidability and pain sensitivity in three U.S. online studies. Evolution and Human Behavior, 44(1), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2022.11.003

Choi, S., Merrell, W. N., & Ackerman, J. M. (2022). Keep your distance: Different roles for knowledge and affect in predicting social distancing behavior. Journal of Health Psychology, 27(12), 2847–2859. https://doi.org/10.1177/13591053211067100

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