Inside the Head of the Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play

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Inside the Head of the Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play

Talk and presentation followed by a drinks reception.

Collecting objects can give enormous pleasure, providing such benefits as intellectual stimulation, the thrill of the chase, and the need to leave a legacy. The many varied psychological desires to collect are also uniquely human. Now, for the first time, scientific research in behavioural economics and the emerging field of neuroeconomics makes the decision-making process more understandable. Its principles apply not only to everyday financial choices, but also to a collector’s behaviour, an area long shrouded in psychoanalytic myth and mystery.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Shirley Mueller to Asia House as she presents her unique collector’s perspective from her latest book, Inside the Head of the Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play, providing fascinating insights from this new information for museum professionals, collectors and would-be collectors alike, as well as those dealing in art.

By exploring various facets of the social and cultural impact of collecting, Mueller relates her own passion and experiences both as a collector of Chinese export porcelain and a neuroscientist, to examine and understand different behavioural traits which characterize a collector’s decision making.

Following the talk, the Q&A session will be moderated by Pamela Kember, Head of Arts and Learning at Asia House.This event co-incides with Asian Art in London week (31 Ocotber-9th November 2019).

About Shirley Mueller M.D.

Indianapolis/NYC based Shirley Mueller, is an internationally known collector and scholar of Chinese export porcelain, as well as a physician board-certified in Neurology and Psychiatry. This latter expertise led her to explore her own intentions and emotions while collecting art, which, she discovered, had broader applications. This new understanding was the motivation for this book.

Mueller not only lectures and publishes about neuropsychology; she also was guest curator for “Elegance from the East: New Insights into Old Porcelain” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfield’s) in 2017. In this unique exhibition she combined objects with concepts from neuroscience to make historical pieces personally relevant to visitors.

* Image Courtesy of Thomas Mueller Photography.

This event is part of the Asia House 2019 Autumn Arts and Learning Programme, a completely unique initiative in the UK in presenting a pan-Asian artistic and cultural programme with a scope of more than 40 countries in the region. Through our programme of events on arts, culture and education we act as a catalyst for the discovery of the diverse arts and cultures of Asia and the Asian diaspora, and serve as a bridge of understanding between the UK and Asia.

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