How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain
Feldman Barrett's grand tour of emotions and affect makes numerous references to how context shapes how we feel, and perceive/interpret what we feel. A must-read for anyone working in marketing, market research or behaviour change - alternatively you could read the handbooks she's edited, but this is an accessible account of her long-term experience as a professor and former president of the Society of Affective Science.
Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Culture Wires Our Minds, Shapes Our Nations and Drives Our Differences
This book is particularly important in the context of COVID-19 and the variation in global reactions to it. More recent than the first 2, this book adds an important dimension to understanding human behaviour - the importance we place on rules and norms, as well as adhering to them. There's overlap with books 1-2, but it's an independent and distinctive cultural dimension. It's an engaging and analytical book packed with insights, much like it's author is in real life.
Through The Looking Glass: Why The World Looks Different in Other Languages
Language, culture and thinking are intertwined in many ways. Although much of the communication in both business and science now happens in English, exploring how other languages carve up the world differently can open up new perspectives and ways of thinking. This book is the perfect introduction!
Clash! How to Thrive in a Multicultural World
Hazel Markus & Alana Conner
This book is co-authored by one of the big names in social psychology who has over 110 000 academic citations (for perspective: Dan Ariely has 47 000 and Richard Thaler has 150 000) yet you might have never heard of her. She is a pioneer in cultural psychology so I had read her work long before the book, but it's a great summary of how many forms of culture (e.g., region of origin, ethnicity, race, class, gender, occupation) influence the self - and subsequently how we think, feel and act. It's an accessible, engaging book, with a warm, friendly tone - just like Hazel Markus herself.
Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently... and Why
Europe and (North) America only account for 25% of the world's population vs. 60% from Asia - yet most of our business thinking not to mention behavioural science knowledge comes from the Western world. Although there has been much more research in this area in the past 15 years since the book was written (and sadly there isn't a revised edition), it remains a useful starting point for broadening your understanding of just HOW differently it is possible to see the world depending on where you grew up. As before, you'll never look at the world the same way.
The Culture Map: Decoding How People Think, Lead and Get Things Done Across Cultures
This book is yet another angle - this time you get a model for decoding how cultural differences impact international business through topics like communication, performance evaluation, persuasion, negotiation, leadership, trust and perceptions of time. Professor Erin Meyer is from INSEAD, one of the world's top business schools, so you couldn't ask for a better guide.
The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating our Species and Making Us Smarter
This is a real whopper that takes time and dedication to read, but it will reward you with a deep understanding of gene-culture co-evolution as well as some of the key topics of behavioural science in general (e.g. cooperation, generosity). The author, Joseph Henrich, is one of the authors of the original WEIRD psychology paper and a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University.