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- When running a pilot, consider employing the same day of the week and the same time as that of the real experiment. This might be a plus for the reliability of your analysis if you are planning to analyse both samples together, thus merging the observations from the two sessions in a single dataset. In this way, it is more likely to have homogeneous samples in the two sessions with respect to important characteristics (e.g. gender, age). Of course this is possible only in case the pilot goes well and does not lead to any substantial change in the design or in any other key aspect of the subsequent experiment. (from @Veronica )