About Joy

Joy Suzanne Grazer

Joy Suzanne Grazer is a former fashion model turned scientist.

“I have always been fascinated by people.  To understand why people behave and think the way they do. What are the mechanisms and contexts that shape our perceptions and cultures?  How do the arts and creativity influence emotion, and how does emotion influence our health, happiness, and life satisfaction?”

An honours graduate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, Joy has researched and written extensively on the relationship between compassion and affection, with a special interest in multi-ethnic and cultural dynamics, childhood and family development, and philosophy. Joy also researches and writes for Greater Good Science Center, a magazine and non-profit research lab dedicated to the awareness and continued research on prosocial behaviours and emotions, like happiness, compassion, and altruism, helping everyday people apply science to their own lives. Joy continues to assist in research at the university working with the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab, studying genetic, physiological, and behavioural cues of love and affection in dating couples.

“From the time I was a little girl, I was interested in science.  Our social and psychological environment became my playground.”

Joy is a self-taught cellist, and a classically trained ballet dancer, sharing time between Berkeley and New Orleans with her husband Christophe, and daughter, Poppy.

She enjoys art, sharp objects, and a good joke.


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