Experimental Realism refers to the degree to which the experiment absorbs and involves its participants; the extent to which the study’s setting feels realistic and involving to participants and elicits spontaneous behavior ; the extent to which study participants get so caught up in the procedures that they forget they are in an experiment In simulation research, Experimental Realism is defined as the extent to which the psychological aspects of the research environment duplicate the real-world environment that is being simulated.

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