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

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.

Andrea Dissegna

Andrea Dis­seg­na

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.

Dr Kelly Wolfe

John Huisman

Uppsala Uni­ver­si­ty

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.


Drew McLaughlin

Drew McLaugh­lin

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.”

Yue Li

Yue Li

Purdue Uni­ver­si­ty

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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