Gerald McIntosh, M.D.
Gerald C. McIntosh is the medical director for the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University. He serves as chief of staff at Poudre Valley Hospital System in Northern Colorado, where he previously served as chief of medicine. McIntosh is a clinical neurologist and neuroscience researcher with a special interest in neurologic rehabilitation. In addition to maintaining an active private practice, he is medical director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services and medical director of the Life Skills Rehabilitation Unit at Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins.
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.