Carrying out a process under laboratory conditions means having it take place in an artificial environment in order to exclude all undesirable external influences on this process as far as possible. Another reason for laboratory conditions may be simpler implementation, e.g. B. when experiments are carried out on a model scale that would otherwise only be possible with great effort. The process is usually recorded and the results are evaluated.
Strictly speaking, the knowledge gained in this way only applies to these laboratory conditions and it may not be transferable to real situations. For example, when measuring the consumption of household appliances under laboratory conditions, values are often determined that cannot be achieved in normal operation.
Further examples of experiments under laboratory conditions:
- The term is often used when trying to prove pseudoscience or supernatural phenomena (e.g. telepathy , telekinesis ). Disruptive “natural” influences, as well as attempts at fraud and self-deception in test subjects (see placebo effect ) and / or in test managers (see double-blind test ) should be excluded.
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