The Brain-Friendly Museum Using Psychology and Neuroscience to Improve the Visitor Experience
The Brain-Friendly Museum proposes an innovative approach to experiencing and enjoying the museum environment in new ways, based on the systematic application of cognitive psychology and neuroscience.
Providing practical guidance on navigating and thinking about museums in different ways, the book is designed to help develop more fulfilling visitor experiences. It explores our cognitive processes and emotions, and how they can be used to engage with and enjoy the museum environment, regardless of the visitor’s background, language, or culture. The book considers core cognitive processes, including memory, attention, and perception, and how they can successfully be applied to the museum environment, for example, in creating more effective displays. Using evidence-based examples throughout, the book advocates for a wellbeing approach improving visitor experience, and one that is grounded in research from psychology and neuroscience.
This book is a must-read for all museum practitioners and psychologists interested in the relationship between cultural heritage, psychology, and neuroscience. It will also be of great interest to art therapists, neuroscientists, university students, museum stakeholders, and museum lovers.
Foreword. John H. Falk
- THE BRAIN-FRIENDLY MUSEUM. How psychology and neuroscience could help museums to be brain-friendly. Annalisa Banzi
- EMOTIONS: THE FIRST CONNECTION TO OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE. Annalisa Banzi
- PERCEPTION AND MUSEUM DISPLAY. Annalisa Banzi
- ATTENTION, MEMORY, AND LEARNING IN MUSEUMS. Annalisa Banzi
- WHAT IS THE RIGHT LANGUAGE AND TYPE OF COMMUNICATION TO ENGAGE DIFFERENT KINDS OF MUSEUM AUDIENCES? Annalisa Banzi
- PROBLEM SOLVING, DECISION-MAKING, JUDGEMENT, REASONING, AND CREATIVITY. THE ROLE OF MUSEUMS IN THE VISITORS’ COGNITIVE GROWTH. Annalisa Banzi
- MUSEUMS, THE "MAGIC BOX", AND NEUROSCIENCE TOOLS. Annalisa Banzi
- MUSEUMS: HOW THEY FOSTER WELLBEING. A round-up of initiatives. Annalisa Banzi
- PARALLEL WORLDS. Popular education through neuroscience and the fine arts. Cristian Zaelzer and Stephen Legari
- THE MUSEUM AND QUALITY OF LIFE. Vincenza Ferrara
- UNLOCKING VALUE IN MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES THROUGH MEASURING WELLBEING. Robert Sadleir
- THE MUSEUM’S MIND: A GENETIC CODE FOR CULTURAL EXHIBITIONS. Maurizio Forte and Eva Pietroni
- VIRTUAL REALITY AND NEUROARCHAEOLOGY: VISUAL PERCEPTION AND COGNITION OF AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION. Maurizio Forte, Leonard E. White, Kate Straneva, and Sean Woytowitz
An end that is a beginning. Annalisa Banzi