• Assistant Professor of Psychology


  • Bachelor of Arts, Swarthmore College, 2006
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 2012


I am a cognitive psychologist interested in language. I teach Cognitive Psychology, Advanced Methods in Cognitive Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and a seminar on Language and Thought. My lab investigates some of the ways that language influences cognition. One of our primary interests in in how people process metaphors and use metaphors to think.


  • Paul Thibodeau Research Press Coverage

    May 11, 2016

    Research on word aversion conducted by Assistant Professor of Psychology Paul Thibodeau has been featured in a number of notable publications, including The New York Times, the New Yorker, NPR, BBC, and Forbes. Thibodeu’s research has also been covered by various local news outlets, including Fox 8 Cleveland.


Why 'Moist' Makes us Cringe

August 21, 2015
Assistant Professor of Psychology Paul Thibodeau studies the social science behind “word aversion.”