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Portrait of a young woman with a topknot, wearing a dark blue blouseI’m a postdoc “at the intersection of science and practice” at the Baby & Child Research Center in Nijmegen, Netherlands. This position allows me to combine my expertise in infancy research with my passion for science communication and community building.

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).