Cristiano Ronaldo Scores a Header in the Pitch Black Dark

Here’s a video mentioned in Chapter 13 of HEAD IN THE GAME, “Gaming the Brain,” wherein someone kicks a soccer ball at Cristiano Ronaldo‘s head, whereupon someone else kills the lights and all the world goes dark, whereafter, a thud, wherethen the lights come back on and we all see the ball in the net.

NeuroTracker pitch man and CogniSens CEO Jean Castanguay showed me this video on his laptop while we sat on the couch in his Montreal office, pounding espressos and jabbering on with much excitement.

His point: Ronaldo’s brain processes, amazingly well, what he sees into what he needs to do, even when he can no longer see. Experts apparently call this “speed of information processing.” They also say that now, apparently, this is a skill that can be specifically targeted and trained.

Yes, my head exploded.