Hericium erinaceus

This project is looking to investigate if supplements containing Hericium erinaceus mushroom (also known as lion’s mane) can help improve memory and cognition in young adults.

It is being carried out as part of a student-led Master’s research project at The University of Manchester.


  • Healthy volunteers, aged 18-40
  • No diagnosed neurological disorders and/or mental health condition
  • Not currently taking any psychoactive medication (eg antidepressants, antiepileptics, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines etc)


The University of Manchester


Complete an online questionnaire to assess suitability to take part.

Eligible participants will be asked to

  • attend an initial appointment to discuss the study, complete a cognitive assessment and collect the study supplement.
  • take a 1000-mg supplement for 28 days and complete an online log
  • undergo two EEG assessments, one at the start of the study, and another at the end.

* Participants will be randomly selected to receive either the study supplement (Hericium erinaceus) or a placebo (corn starch).

Participants will receive a small payment for their attendance for EEG sessions. Plus opportunity to win a shopping voucher for completing the online questionnaire.

Recruiting until

  • 30 September 2023

Want to take part or learn more?