Collecting objects gives enormous pleasure to approximately one third of the population, providing such benefits as intellectual stimulation, the thrill of the chase, and leaving a legacy. On the other hand, the same pursuit can engender pain; for example, paying too much for an object, unknowingly buying a fake, or dealing with the frustrations of collection dispersal.
Until recently, there was no objective way to enhance the positive (pleasure) aspects of collecting and minimize the negative (pain). Now, for the first time, scientific research in neuro- and behavioral economics gives us a way to turn this around.
The book brings a unique collector’s perspective, providing insight for art dealers, collectors, and museum professionals. Includes artworks and objects that have never been published before and chronicles the exhibit Elegance from the East: New Insights into Old Porcelain, which was one of the first museum exhibits to use a neuropsychological approach.
Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play
by Shirley M Mueller
Lucia Marquand, August 2019 (ISBN 9780999652275)