About Gorilla

Gorilla was launched on the 1st Octo­ber 2016 and is cre­at­ed by Caul­dron Sci­ence.

Caul­dron are spe­cial­ists in cre­at­ing bespoke soft­ware for behav­iour­al sci­en­tists. Their ulti­mate ambi­tion is to sup­port the trans­fer of researchers’ find­ings into front-line evi­dence-test­ed interventions.

Since 2011 we have worked on a wide range of prod­ucts for spe­cif­ic research projects including:

  • A super­mar­ket that nudges healthy pur­chas­ing choic­es designed to inform pol­i­cy deci­sions on (among other things) food labelling
  • A fun to play and adap­tive com­put­er game to teach deaf chil­dren how to lipread
  • A con­struc­tion­ist and adap­tive com­put­er game to teach chil­dren (with and with­out dyscal­cu­lia) the basics of addi­tion and subtraction
  • An online por­tal pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ist diag­nositic tests DCAL Por­tal to speech and lan­guage ther­a­pists to use with their clients

Gorilla is our first cus­tomer fac­ing prod­uct. It lever­ages five years of expe­ri­ence build­ing bespoke soft­ware for behav­iour­al sci­en­tists and pro­vides a user friend­ly envi­ron­ment in which to cre­ate and deploy novel tasks and experiments.

The Team

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.

Joshua Bal­sters loves sci­ence! He loves com­ing up with ideas, mak­ing exper­i­ments, and (weird­ly) he even loves stats. If you’d like, Josh can help you get start­ed on Gorilla or even run a whole project for you from start to finish.

Josh holds a BSc in Psy­chol­o­gy and PhD in Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science from Royal Hol­loway Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don. Over the last 15 years, he has worked in both indus­try (Glax­o­SmithK­line, Nielsen) and acad­e­mia (Trin­i­ty Col­lege Dublin, ETH Zürich, Royal Hol­loway) inves­ti­gat­ing a range of top­ics includ­ing: neu­roimag­ing meth­ods, com­par­a­tive neu­roanato­my, neu­roe­co­nom­ics and social deci­sion mak­ing, rule-based learn­ing and automa­tion, early mark­ers of cog­ni­tive decline in age­ing, and reward and moti­va­tion in autism spec­trum con­di­tions. He cur­rent­ly has 44 peer-reviewed pub­li­ca­tions and has won over £1.5 mil­lion in grant funding.

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.

After find­ing her­self in the role of “des­ig­nat­ed tech per­son” in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent labs, she is happy to be mak­ing that role offi­cial at Gorilla as a Solu­tions Devel­op­er. Her focus is on sup­port, con­sul­tan­cy, and help­ing users get start­ed on the plat­form. In her spare time, she is an author of sci­ence fic­tion and fan­ta­sy novels.

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.

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.