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30 10, 2018

Prepare for Launch!

By |2018-10-30T13:16:34+00:00October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We are currently in the process of preparing a special evening lecture to be held at Bristol Zoo Gardens on 14th November 2018. The Gorilla Game Lab project is now ten months old, and we have enough results under our belt to talk to an audience about:

  • where the idea(s) for the project came from (including how Fay and Pete met for the first time in a fire station…)
  • how we secured our project funding… tips for securing seedcorn funding
  • how we forged new research links between the zoo and the university
  • our gorilla game… the design process
  • our gorilla game…results so far. Is it indeed a form of cognitive enrichment?
  • great ape enrichment and well-being in general
  • our plans for the future

Over the past week or so, we have been updating our website, working on a brand new project logo, and working with Patos productions to make a project showreel.

15 03, 2018

Hidden tech

By |2018-10-30T13:47:33+00:00March 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here is a pivotal doodle from my project notebook dated 15th March 2018. One of the most important decisions we made about the project, and its use of technology, boils down to this one very eloquent(!) line:

 “Needs to incorporate technology to log what they are doing… (we) can’t see over their shoulder”.


I am learning from my mistakes. In previous research with great apes and dolphins, it has been very difficult for the researcher (me) to observe what the animal is “doing” when they interact with a cognitive puzzle, when most of the puzzle is obstructed by the animal’s body.

This is why we decided to HIDE most of our technology inside the gorilla cognitive puzzle, rather than have it gorilla-facing (except some nifty cameras facing outwards…). We are going to use the technology to remotely log “what they are doing” rather than try to be mind-readers or superheros with x-ray vision.