Field Experiments Labratory Experiments

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What are the differences between field and laboratory experiments? There are many differences between laboratory and field experiments. For example laboratories are able to control the experiments variables to a close degree; whereas field experiments can not due to the mass amount of outside influences and distractions. Within a laboratory the participants of the experiment are full aware of the fact that they are being put under observation and are part of an experiment so they automatically respond to the experiment in a more self-conscious way as they don’t want to embarrass themselves or ruin the results. Unlike in a field experiment where the participants are completely unaware that they are being observed so it gives more of a natural response, this allows the researchers to gain results with greater validity. In a laboratory experiment, the researchers have to tell the percipients the reasons for the experiment to allow the percipients to give full consent this is due to the ethical reasons such as if the person doesn’t agree due to religion/beliefs, ethnicity ect. Where as, the percipients of a field experiment have to be unaware of the reasons for the research to allow a higher rate of natural answers. This means that field experiments are less ethically agreed with. An example of a laboratory experiment is Asch (a psychologist) who tested the rate of conformity within groups. An example of a field experiment is doing a test within a school and creating a correlation with the test results and behaviour within school which is observed by the
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