Our guest on Episode #57 of the TGG Podcast, in association with Hudl, is Jes Buster Madsen.
Jes is Head of Research and Development for FC Copenhagen in Denmark and is leading the way in the application of cognitive neuroscience in football.
01:31: What role of Head of Research & Development involves. How he got the role.
09:10: How he persuaded Academy Director Sune Smith-Nielsen to give him the job at FC Copenhagen.
12:37: Importance of application of ecological psychology in football.
15:50: What does perception actually mean and what does it involve?
21:12: Importance of visual cues. "The biggest sensory system in the brain - and the one that takes up the most space by far - is the visual system."
23:27: Working memory: the ability to remember information temporarily. Pattern recognition. Implications in scanning.
26:32: Has your work impacted/ changed coaching practice at FC Copenhagen? Has it influenced and improved the players?
29:02: What is 'game intelligence'?
34:06: How you can tell a player's position from their brain scan. Importance of simplicity: "Neuroscience is complex and when something is complex, people try to find the most complex solution. I think the other way round - when something is complex, we should find the most simple solution and work from there."
37:07: Everything in the brain can be trained. The brain is neuroplastic and can change.
38:28: Future of neuroscience in football.
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