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  • Overview
  • 1. Creating a Project
  • 2. Creating a Questionnaire
  • 3. Creating a Simple Task
  • 4. Adding Manipulations to a Task
  • 5. Creating a Simple Experiment
  • 6. Launching an Experiment: Recruitment Targets
  • 7. Launching an Experiment: Requirements
  • 8. Get Stuck In!
  • How to use Gorilla support
  • Further Resources

New to Gorilla? This is the Place to Start!

Learn Gorilla in less than 28 minutes with these 8 specially selected video guides. Gorilla makes moving your research online easier than ever!

The following 8 videos will guide you all the way from creation of your first questionnaires and reaction-time task to setting up your first experiment and launching your study online! We will cover all of the key functionality of Gorilla along the way.

Use the menu on the left to navigate through each section or use the navigation buttons at the bottom of each page. Prefer to watch this playlist on our Gorilla Support YouTube channel? See our Getting Started with Gorilla playlist.

Visit our Video Walkthroughs page and our Gorilla Support YouTube channel to see all the video guides.

Step 1 - Creating a Project

The first step to creating your online study in Gorilla is to create a Project.

Projects are like folders - keeping all your questionnaires, task and experiments organised in one place.

Find out how to create your first project in the video below:

Length (mins): 1:00

Step 2 - Creating a Questionnaire

Gorilla has a specialised tool for quickly creating your questionnaires: The Questionnaire Builder.

Most studies will require the use of questionnaires either to gather participant demographic information or for participant consent and screening checks. This can also be used to show instructions between tasks if necessary.

In this video you will learn how to make a simple consent questionnaire using Gorilla's Questionnaire Builder.

Find out how to create a questionnaire in the video below:

Length (mins): 2:33

Step 3 - Creating a Simple Task

Creating reaction-time tasks in Gorilla doesn't require you to do any coding!

Watch the video below to learn how to create a simple Task using Gorilla's powerful and intuitive graphical interface the Task Builder.

Find out how to create a simple task in the video below:

Length (mins): 10:00

Step 4 - Adding Manipulations to a Task

Using manipulations in your Tasks allows you to easily create different variations of your task for different participant groups quickly and with little additional work! This allows you to create complex experimental set-ups with ease. Read more on adding manipulations to your task our How To: Task Builder - Manipulations guide.

Find out how to add manipulations to your task in the video below:

Length (mins): 4:06

Step 5 - Creating a Simple Experiment

In Gorilla, the Experiment Tool allows you to design and control every aspect of your study: from experimental design and participant recruitment to secure data storage and protection.

Design your experiment to perfection: Link your Questionnaires and Tasks together with the use of Control Nodes. These allow you to easily create both standard and complex experiment protocols. Nodes provide powerful experimental controls such as branching, randomisation and ordering. Longitudinal studies are a breeze using the Delay Node and you can even keep track of participant progress through your experiments using the Checkpoint Node.

Avoid the hassle of setting up your server. Gorilla is the complete platform where everything is taken care of: simply launch your study, sit back and relax, then download your research data.

In the next video you can find out how to set up and create a simple experiment from scratch in less than 5 minutes! For more information on how to build experiments in Gorilla see our How To: Experiment Tree guide.

Find out how to create a simple experiment in the video below:

Length (mins): 4:48

Step 6 - Launching an Experiment: Recruitment Targets

You've made your experiment and are ready to launch? With Gorilla you won't have to worry about over-paying or over-recruiting. Set the recruitment target in your experiment and have your experiment automatically stop when this target is reached.

There are lots of different recruitment options, from a simple URL link to loading a list of participant emails and letting Gorilla email them for you. Gorilla is also seamlessly integrated with popular recruitment services such as Prolific, mTurk, Qualtrics and SONA Systems, so that you can collect data fast!

Watch this next video to learn out how to launch your behavioural study online today! Learn more on recruiting participants for your online study from our How to: Experiment Tree - How do I Recruit Participants page.

Find out how to set a Recruitment Target and Launch your experiment in the video below:

Length (mins): 4:32

Step 7 - Launching an Experiment: Requirements

Control the participant experience to get the best results by using Gorilla's inbuilt experiment Requirements.

Along side multiple recruitment policy options available in Gorilla you can also specify participant location, browser type, device type and even the minimum connection speed of your participants to ensure you collect the exact participants you need.

Running a mobile only study - no problem!

Watch this next video to learn out how to set requirements for your study!

Find out how to set participant requirements for your experiment in the video below:

Length (mins): 1:29

Step 8 - Get Stuck In!

What next?! We suggest having a go! A good way to start is to:

  • Write a demographics questionnaire
  • Build a simple task in which participants rate an image as animal or not animal. You’ll need to source some stimuli from google images!
  • Link them together into an experiment
  • Deploy the experiment on facebook and ask a few friends to do your task
  • Download the data!

If you get stuck - fear not, we have more resources available to help you!

See the last two sections from the menu to the left to learn how to make the most of Gorilla support and to see further resources available to you throughout your journey with Gorilla!

Gorilla Support Options

At Gorilla, we have multiple ways to bring you onboard and support you with any questions you might have while conducting your experiments. From creating Gorilla walkthrough guides to running peer-support communities we aim to make your journey with Gorilla Experiment Builder easy and enjoyable.

See the video below to learn about the various forms of support available at Gorilla!

Make sure to also see our Further Resources page for links to video walkthroughs, samples libraries, open materials and more.


Length (mins): 3:48

Further Resources

  • You can find full documentation on the Support Pages here.

  • You can also find more video walkthroughs from our Gorilla Support YouTube Channel here, or in our complete list of Video Walkthroughs here.

  • Alternatively take a look in the Samples Library here - its full of demos and classic tasks - you may find we already have the basic experimental set up you were looking for ready made! You can clone them into your project and start editing them from there.

  • Another fantastic resource for finding experiments and tasks that have already been created on Gorilla is our Open Materials. Here, Gorilla users can share the content they have created for other users to try out and clone into their own projects.

  • If you're trying to add custom functionality to a Gorilla task, have a look at our Task Builder Scripting Guide and our list of Scripting Samples.

  • Or get in touch with us via our support contact form here. If you've watched these videos and there is an aspect you are finding challenging - ask us for a video demo!

  • Join our Gorilla Group on Facebook to meet other Gorilla users, use a peer-to-peer support and stay up to date with Gorilla new features and events!

Good luck and happy experimenting!