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Gorilla Onboarding Videos

  • 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 & Requirements
  • 7. Cloning and Adapting
  • 8. Using Gorilla Support
  • Get Stuck In!
  • Further Resources

New to Gorilla? This is the Place to Start!

Learn Gorilla in 35 minutes with these 8 specially selected video guides. Gorilla is an online experiment platform designed to make 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.

For more video guides visit our Video Walkthroughs page and our Gorilla Support Vimeo channel.

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): 1:05

Step 2 - Creating a Questionnaire

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

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

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

Length (mins): 2:33

Learn more on how to use the Questionnaire Builder from our How To: Questionnaire Builder guide.

Step 3 - Creating a Simple Task

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

We have created a powerful and intuitive Task Builder that allows you to create tasks for your experiment using all sorts of stimuli. Participant's responses can be collected in a variety of ways, including touch, mouse and keyboard. There are also advanced options that allow you to provide feedback to your participants, on both accuracy and reaction times, during a task. Respondent's reaction time data is stored automatically and ready for your analysis!

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

Length (mins): 12:00

Learn more on how to use the Gorilla Task Builder from our How To: Task Builder guide.

Check out our Task Builder's Tooling Reference Guide to learn about all the Task Builder Zones available in Gorilla!

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.

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

Length (mins): 4:06

Learn more on how to add manipulations to your task from our How To: Task Builder - Manipulations guide.

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 video below you can find out how to set up and create a simple experiment from scratch in less than 5 minutes!

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

Length (mins): 5:24

Learn more on how to build your experiments from our How To: Experiment Tree guide.

Step 6 - Launching an Experiment: Recruitment & Requirements

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!

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

Running a mobile only study? No problem! Alongside 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.

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

Length (mins): 3:56

Learn more on how to control who enters your experiment from our How To: Requirements guide.

Learn more on how to recruit participants for your online study from our How do I Recruit Participants guide.

Learn more about the Subscriptions available with Gorilla on our Subscription: FAQs page, and more about purchasing tokens on our Pricing: FAQs page.

Step 7 - Cloning and Adapting

Learn how to Clone Experiments with updated nodes.


Length (mins): 4:16

Learn more about cloning from our How to: Send, Collaborate and Clone guide.

Samples Library is 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.

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

Step 8 - Using Gorilla Support

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.

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


Length (mins): 3:48

You can find full documentation on the Support Pages here.

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! Note: you must accept the group rules before joining in.

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 e.g. 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!

See our Further Resources section for more guidelines.

Further Resources

If you’d like to read more about what we’ve shown in these videos visit our Getting Started Guide.

If you’d like to watch more videos, check out our Video Walkthroughs.

Good luck and happy experimenting!