Laboratory And Field experiments

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What is a laboratory experiment?
Carried out in a controlled setting, high internal validity because they have good control of variables/low ecological validity because participants are always aware they are being studied
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What is a field experiment?
Carried out in an outside environment - natural environment. Low internal validity, high external validity
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Research example
Weapon Focus Effect, was actually a field experiment even though you would of thought it was a lab experiment
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EVALUATION: Strength/Limitation of laboratory experiment
The control that the experimenter has/low ecological validity
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EVALUATION: Strength/Limitation of field experiment
High mundane realism/time-consuming, expensive
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Carried out in an outside environment - natural environment. Low internal validity, high external validity

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