We’re delight­ed to announce the five winners of our Gorilla & CloudResearch 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!

Andrea Dissegna

Fed­er­i­ca Ruzzante

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Hi, I’m Fed­er­i­ca Ruz­zante, and I’m a PhD student in Neu­ro­science at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca. My research focuses on rea­son­ing, judg­ment, deci­sion-making, and the mis­takes we make along the way. Recent­ly, I’ve been explor­ing how social media envi­ron­ments can be a threat or a resource for our cog­ni­tive system and rea­son­ing skills. For example, are we accu­rate in assess­ing our own knowl­edge? Thanks to the Gorilla Grant and their Social Media Com­po­nent, I’ll be able to test whether this self-judg­ment is affect­ed by the engage­ment with a content-rich envi­ron­ment like social media.

Dr Kelly Wolfe

Tabea Barg

Rheinis­che Friedrich-Wil­helms-Uni­ver­sität Bonn

Hello, my name is Tabea Barg, and I am cur­rent­ly working on my Mas­ter’s thesis at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bonn under the guid­ance of Prof. Dr. Monika Hart­mann and Dr. Jeanette Klink-Lehmann. My mas­ter’s thesis focuses on explor­ing the impact of green food swap rec­om­men­da­tions. These are sug­ges­tions gen­er­at­ed by a digital agent that offer con­sumers the option to swap their ini­tial­ly chosen product for a similar alter­na­tive with a lower carbon foot­print. Thanks to the Gorilla and CloudResearch Grant, I can now effi­cient­ly setup a sim­u­la­tion of a supermarket‘s website and expand my par­tic­i­pant pool.


Drew McLaughlin

Rio Madan

Kingston Uni­ver­si­ty

Hello, my name is Rio and I am a first year PhD student at Kingston Uni­ver­si­ty London. I am working with Dr Cristi­na Mar­tinel­li and our research focuses on poten­tial risk factors for eating dis­or­ders (EDs). We will inves­ti­gate the pres­ence of ED cog­ni­tive risk factors and symp­toms, as well as ED-related atten­tion­al bias behav­iours, across current popular dietary trends. The Gorilla grant will allow for robust par­tic­i­pant recruit­ment and the cre­ation of a “diet-spe­cif­ic” atten­tion­al bias par­a­digm using their new online eye-track­ing tools.

Dr Kelly Wolfe

John J. Han

McGill Uni­ver­si­ty

Many people fail to rec­og­nize their vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty to bias and are reluc­tant to receive exoge­nous inter­ven­tions that are designed to promote debi­as­ing. One reason for this reluc­tance is the cog­ni­tive barrier that sup­press­es people’s respon­sive­ness to debi­as­ing pro­ce­dures. My study aims to provide evi­dence that people can self-correct and reduce their sus­cep­ti­bil­i­ty to bias with expe­ri­ence over time. In doing so, I am very much looking forward to this oppor­tu­ni­ty to develop studies using the Gorilla Experiment Builder as well as the prospect of showing others about the co-exis­tence of user-friend­li­ness and sci­en­tif­ic rigor.

Brian C. Howatt

Tar­leton State University


Want to know about the next grant?

Leave your email address here and we’ll let you know when the next grant opens.