Emotions Affect Every Decision You Make (But That's a Good Thing)


  • Stephanie Young University of Manitoba




adjudication, emotions, decision-making, natural justice, procedural fairness, Canada, Canadian Symposium on Academic Integrity


In Western societies, adjudication has long been said to involve the crucial task of putting one’s emotions aside. This so-called dispassionate approach is assumed to result in impartial decision-making vis-à-vis the provision of natural justice and procedural fairness. However, recent research findings on emotions and decision-making do not accord with this assumption. Overall, this body of research, which has grown exponentially over the past 30 years, suggests that emotions cannot be sifted out from decision-making processes. Thankfully, this research also supports the argument that human emotion is a precondition for enacting justice.

There are multiple ways that specific emotions can ultimately influence judgment and cognitive strategies can be used to ensure that emotions are leveraged for good (i.e., outcomes in the students’ best interest). Post-secondary institutions have an ethical obligation to support adjudicators in carrying out this emotional work, and the first step is ensuring that adjudicators have comprehensive training on the findings of decision-making research. This professional development session will foster a discussion around this research and, more specifically, focus on strategies for guiding the effects of one’s emotions within the adjudication context.

Author Biography

Stephanie Young, University of Manitoba

Stephanie is a PhD Candidate at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Education. She is also the institution’s Student Transitions Coordinator. Her previously published work has focused on uncovering novice writers’ understandings of plagiarism and academic integrity, as well as providing critical analyses of academic integrity policies and pedagogies. She has worked in the post-secondary environment for nearly 13 years and is passionate about advocating for students’ right to a comprehensive education about academic integrity.




How to Cite

Young, S. (2023). Emotions Affect Every Decision You Make (But That’s a Good Thing). Canadian Perspectives on Academic Integrity, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.11575/cpai.v6i1.76911



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