Pupils aged between 4 and 12 are taking part in a week-long Coventry University psychology research project over the school holidays.
They're helping form research for investigations into emotions, anxiety, literacy and maths as part of the project. The aim is to teach them about science and psychology using practical activities.
Some of the junior researchers are dressing up as animals to learn about the different intelligence levels for certain species.
More senior university academics say they can collect data for eight different research projects from the work.
Some of the activities the children are working on include:
giving spit samples before and after they witness a remote-controlled spider pop out of a box
looking at images of people displaying different emotions and relaying how they think the people pictured are feeling
having their own expressions recorded as they watch British athletes winning medals at the Olympics
working out the real and fake names of authors and books on a list
recognising writers and titles either from having read books or from film or television
"During the summer holidays it’s difficult for us to collect data for our research as we normally go out to schools and these are closed. By encouraging children to come into the university, they can find out a bit more about what we do while they are taking part in the research.