Gorilla was launched on the 1st October 2016 and is created by Cauldron Science.
We are specialists in creating software for behavioural scientists. We started out as a consultancy service, developing bespoke software for online research projects. With that experience, we realised we could create a tool that would give behavioural scientists the freedom to make their own online experiments, quickly and easily.
Since 2016, Gorilla has grown from 3 people to a team of more than 10. We’re a mix of behavioural scientists and software developers, with a shared interest in board games, bad science jokes, and pushing the boundaries of online research.
We also have an amazing community of researchers who are generous enough to help us improve our tools. You can see some of the things they’ve achieved with Gorilla on our publications page and join the discussion in our Facebook Group.
Online research is a fast-growing field and we’re committed to facilitating high quality research and open science. An overview of Gorilla is presented in our Behavior Research Methods paper, Gorilla in our midst: An online behavioral experiment builder. We have also published a peer-reviewed large-scale study of timing accuracy across platforms, web-browsers and devices.
In our desire to make life easier for researchers, and as supporters of Open Science practices, Gorilla includes an open access repository for sharing research materials. Explore Gorilla Open Materials to discover and clone a wide range of tasks, questionnaires and experiments shared by our users.
Cauldron is led by Jo Evershed (CEO) and Nick Hodges (CTO).
Jo Evershed loves providing behavioural scientists with tools to liberate their work from the lab and accelerate the creation of evidence-tested interventions. She holds a BSc in Psychology from UCL and a BSc in Combined Studies (Economics and Business) from Oxford Brookes and was an Innovate UK Women in Innovation Award Winner.
Jo’s focus is on inspiring researchers to adopt online research methods be that with our BeOnline conference, core Gorilla Tools or through our Gorilla Games Studio.
Nick Hodges loves building new tools. His background in computer games where he worked on some of its biggest and most prestigious franchises, such as Call of Duty, Lara Croft, Biohazard and Metal Gear Solid. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Bristol, and after graduating spent two years teaching English in Japan.
Nick is focused on building new tools. You can see what’s coming soon here.
Will Webster enjoys helping people. Not sure how to implement that paradigm? Here’s an experiment tree he made earlier! Can’t get your randomisation quite right? Oh, he’s already added a script to your task. Don’t know where to start in getting your MatLab task online? He’ll get you through it, step by step.
While finishing his PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge, Will became Cauldron’s first employee in August 2015. He worked first on the DCAL portal before moving on to Gorilla full-time, developing new features in for Task and Questionnaire Builders. He also started the Gorilla Workshop program, making custom scripts for users to fulfil their research needs
After a brief time away to focus on his Rowing Coaching and Personal Trainer qualifications, Will is back at Cauldron running Gorilla’s Scripting Consultancy program. He also helps out on the support desk and is developing a new wave of improvements and features for Gorilla.
Clare Renshaw is fascinated by how people make decisions. She completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Warwick, which introduced her to behavioural economics and the science of decision making. She then went on to study an MSc in Applied Psychology and Economic Behaviour at the University of Bath.
Clare’s focus is on customer success: making it easy for our users to get the best out of Gorilla. Her background (including her own experience of designing online research projects) helps her to understand what researchers need to make good online research easy. Clare is also involved in various other projects, such as organising the BeOnline conference!
Hannah Spence loves people! Or at least… how people think. Especially people at a safe distance… like through an email.
Hannah completed her BSc Psychology degree at De Montfort, with a focus on energy and motivation regulation, both conscious and unconscious. She is fascinated by communication in every form, from in depth discussions to mimicry — something that has driven her work with children with developmental disabilities. She strives to improve communication in every aspect of her life.
Hannah jumped head-first into Gorilla in 2018, applying her interests to our Support desk. If you’ve sent a support request to Gorilla recently, you’ve probably heard from her! Her current aspirations involve improving our support service, and planting a vegetable garden.
Klaudia Stanoch is fascinated by mechanisms of learning and memory. She completed a BSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Westminster and a MSc in Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.
Klaudia is passionate about open, reproductible research practices and loves to learn new research methods. She has gathered her research experience at institutions including UCL Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, The British Psychological Society, Royal Holloway and Guy’s Hospital. She is currently involved in memory-enhancement pharmacological trials at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, KCL.
With her broad research background, Klaudia works on implementing new ways to elevate Gorilla customers’ learning experience: she focuses on improving Gorilla’s support pages and experimental database to help customers expand their creative research potential.
Bill Spooner loves systems, puzzles and learning new things. He is driven by his curiosity about the world around him and what it can teach him.
After completing a BA in 3D Animation and Interactive Design at Buckinghamshire New University he moved into games development for several years before progressing into cloud architecture and web services.
Bill’s focus is on improving and nurturing the gorilla platform for both its users and developers.
Warren McFadyen finds few things more satisfying that innovating solutions and solving problems — this combination has resulted in someone who actually enjoys hunting bugs through code. Having worked for several years as a full-stack web developer, he likes having the ability to contribute at whatever stage a project needs from the hosting environment right up to breaking things down in non-technical terms for an end-user.
Warren’s focus is on collaborating on the Gorilla platform wherever required to increase its flexibility and reliability, as well as bringing his web development experience to bear on Cauldron’s websites and communication platforms.
Ashleigh Johnstone has a big interest in whether we can train our brain. She also loves science communication — her superpower is chatting to people about cool science!
After finishing her PhD at Bangor University, Ashleigh now lives surrounded by peacocks, donkeys, and dogs on a farm in Anglesey.
Now at Gorilla she is looking forward to chatting with you to see how you can get set up and running on the platform! If you want to chat about your research interests and how we can help, do get in touch.
Catriona Silvey loves solving problems and finding intuitive ways to explain complicated things. Starting from an undergraduate degree in English Literature, she took a weird path through working in scientific publishing, doing a masters and PhD in language evolution, and researching children’s language development in Chicago and London before deciding to look for opportunities outside academia.
Eve Ouliel enjoys chatting with people about research, or anything at all really! Her main interests focus on child development in the context of linguistics, psychology, and psycholinguistics.
Eve completed her MSc Psychology degree at Anglia Ruskin University and wrote her dissertation on how infants with different neurodevelopmental disorders explore and interact with objects. Eve also has a BA degree in English Language and Communication from King’s College London, where her dissertation focussed on the aetiology of stuttering in young children and in traumatic brain injury patients.
Eve looks forward to helping researchers achieve their goals by taking their research online with Gorilla.
Jamie Adams is fascinated by the innumerable methods used in the study of cognition and the ways in which (seemingly small) methodological changes can inform a deeper understanding of underlying cognitive processes. He is an advocate for collaborative Open Science practices and believes methodological transparency to be a key factor in the advancement of any scientific field. He completed his MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham with a dissertation focused around the electrical brain activity of individuals with Misophonia (extreme sensitivity to certain sounds). Later, he returned to Keele University for his PhD in Psychology, where he investigated the role of stimulus format and distinctiveness in recognition and established a novel Photograph Superiority Effect.
He is eager to meet researchers from a range of disciplines to share his enthusiasm for the platform and discuss how Gorilla can empower them to move their research outside of the lab.
Megan Beck loves data, research and people! She completed a BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Leicester which sparked her interest in data collection and the importance of transparent and open research.
Currently, she is studying MSc in Data Science to explore data collection and analytics further. Megan is excited to start applying these new skills within her role within the Gorilla Support Team and help you with your online experiments and recognise Gorilla’s full potential. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Jade Pickering loves research, and the more open and reproducible the better! She completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Lincoln, and her MRes and PhD in Psychology at the University of Manchester where she focused on different aspects of cognition, motor control, and decision-making in people with Parkinson’s.
She’s also worked in postdoc roles examining the retrieval practice effect, where she first started to use Gorilla. Now she wants to help others get the best use out of the platform possible and encourage and empower researchers to take their work online.
Gorilla wouldn’t be the product you see today without the help and support of our clients, collaborators, friends, colleagues and employees. Special thanks to: Dr Suzanna Forwood, Dr Daniel C Richardson, Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Dr Mairead MacSweeny, Prof Diana Laurillard, Prof Brian Butterworth, Dr Jenni Rodd, Dr Becky Gilbert, Prof David Shanks, Delia Fuhrman, Jorina von Zimmermann, Jamie Knight and Simon Basher.