Portrait of a young woman with shoulder-length dark blonde hair, wearing a dark blue blouseI’m a postdoc at the Baby & Child Research Center in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and a scientific project manager at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

In 2021, I completed my PhD at the University of Göttingen, Germany. In my PhD, I investigated why children learn the words they do. We find considerable individual differences in early vocabularies, and I am interested in the factors that explain them. My research focused on the interplay of existing semantic knowledge and category curiosity in novel word learning.

This website contains information about my projects, publications and presentations. If you want to know more, please get in touch via twitter or e-mail (lenaackermann[at]gmx.net).