About this event

  • Date and time Tue 15 Dec 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

Shirley Mueller, Neuroscientist and a collector, will discuss the fascinating way neurology and behavioral economics explain what collectors enjoy doing. In the season of gift giving, where we often consider what objects other people want, this talk will delight and inform.

Her book Inside the Head of a Collector. Neuropsychological Forces at Play, published in 2019, has received rave reviews and will be briefly referenced during the webinar.

Delegates will gain an understanding of:

  • How collecting decisions mimic choice in life
  • The neuroeconomics of choice: pleasure, price, fear
  • The behavioural costs of choice: anchoring, unfairness, sunk cost
  • Why authenticity matters in art and other life transactions

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Key speakers

Shirley M. Mueller, M.D

Past clinical and research neurologist at Indiana University. Now, she is an adjunct professor and passionate collector.


Speaker's biography

Shirley is a passionate collector and scholar of Chinese export porcelain. In both endeavors, Shirley Mueller has a long publication history focusing on neuroscience and porcelain. In her book, Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play, she combines her two passions, science, and art.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Bridget MacDonald, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Collecting and choice: A model for life's decisions

Shirley Mueller, Past Clinical and Research Neurologist, Indiana University. Now, she is an Adjunct Professor and passionate collector

Question and answer session
Close of webinar



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