We’re delighted to announce the five winners of our Gorilla & Prolific Grants. Thank you so much to everyone who applied, we had a huge amount of interest and a lot of very strong applications. We enjoyed reading all of your research proposals!
Meet the talented winners of the grants!
Dr Kelly Wolfe
University of Strathclyde
Hi, I am Kelly Wolfe and I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Strathclyde. I am interested in cognitive ageing and collaborative learning in older age specifically (whether older people learn better together than alone). To study this, I use a variety of designs and materials. With Gorilla and Prolific’s support, I will be developing an online version of a popular collaborative learning task, making it accessible and more easily available to other researchers around the world.
University of Trieste
I am Andrea Dissegna, currently engaged in postdoctoral research at the Laboratory of Animal Cognition at the University of Trieste, Italy. My research delves into the realm of comparative cognition, focusing on the mechanisms that allow all animals (including humans!) to ignore distractors. With the support of the Gorilla grant, I am extending my research to study drivers’ responses to repetitive dashboard warning signals, especially in novice versus experienced drivers. By creating immersive tasks that replicate real-world driving scenarios, my work aims to enhance automotive design and ensure safety during driving.
My name is John Huisman, researcher at Uppsala University. I am broadly interested in the patterns and processes behind linguistic diversity. My research supported by the Gorilla Grant will look into the variability of body part semantics, and its change over time.
Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language
Hi! My name is Drew McLaughlin. I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language in Spain. My research examines the mechanisms that support speech processing with particular focus on how listeners perceive and adapt to second language (‘foreign’) accents. With this Gorilla & Prolific Grant, I will be creating and validating a gamified working memory task called “Sandwich Builder.”
Hi! My name is Yue Li, a third-year PhD student in the Experimental Linguistics Lab (ExLing) at Purdue University. I am currently working with my advisor, Dr. Elaine J. Francis, on my preliminary project. We aim to understand if and how the animacy of the head noun and agent affects learners’ choices in structuring English object relative clauses. Our experiment involves a picture-based elicitation task executed through Gorilla, which guarantees our task stays engaging and effective for participants. Thanks to the Gorilla Grant, we now have the opportunity to expand our participant pool and incorporate more engaging elements into our experiments!
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