Michael Thaut, Ph.D.
Michael H. Thaut is a professor of music and a professor of neuroscience at Colorado State University, where he also has served as administrative director of the School of the Arts since 2001. He has directed the Center for Biomedical Research in Music since 1994. Dr. Thaut’s research focuses on brain function in music, especially temporal information processing in the brain related to rhythmicity and biomedical applications of music to neurologic rehabilitation of cognitive and motor function. He received the National Research Award in 1993 and the National Service Award in 2001 from the American Music Therapy Association.
How Music Helps to Heal the Injured BrainTherapeutic Use Crescendos Thanks to Advances in Brain Science
The use of music in therapy for the brain has evolved rapidly as brain-imaging techniques have revealed the brain's plasticity—its ability to change—and have identified networks that music activates. Research has shown that neurologic music therapy can help patients who have difficulty with language, cognition, or motor control, and the authors suggest that these techniques should become part of rehabilitative care.