Konstantina Kilteni, PhD
(Assistant Professor)


Why can't you tickle yourself? Previous behavioural and neuroimaging evidence suggests that when we move one hand to touch the other, the resulting tactile sensation is perceived as less intense compared to identical touches of external origin. This sensory attenuation (SA) phenomenon is hypothesized to arise because our brains use internal information about the motor command (efference copy) to predict the tactile consequences of the movement and attenuate the tactile feedback based on these predictions. However, little is known about how the brain produces SA. Konstantina's research combines computational motor control theory, force perception behavioural experiments, and state-of-the-art neuroimaging methods to address how the human brain distinguishes between self-generated and externally-generated touch. Konstantina studied Electrical and Computer Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens and she did her PhD studies in Health and Clinical Psychology using Virtual Reality in the Event Lab, at the University of Barcelona. Konstantina was a postdoc in the group from Februari 2015 to December 2019, funded in 2017-2018 by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship. In Januari 2020 she was promoted to assistant professor funded by a career development grant from the Karolinska Instituet. In May 2020 she will set up her own independent group at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, as principal investigator. Click here to read more about her latest research

Sample Publications

Kilteni, K., Engeler, P., Ehrsson, H.H. Efference copy is necessary for the attenuation of self-touch. iScience (2020) 100843. PDF

Kilteni, K., Ehrsson, H. H. Functional connectivity between the cerebellum and somatosensory areas implements the attenuation of self-generated touch. Journal of Neuroscience (2019) Dec 6. pii: 1732-19. [Epub ahead of print] PDF

Kilteni, K., Houborg, C., Ehrsson, H. H. Rapid learning and unlearning of predicted sensory delays in self-generated touch. eLife (2019) 8:e42888. PDF

Kilteni, K., Andersson, B. J., Houborg, C., Ehrsson, H.H. Motor imagery involves predicting the sensory consequences of the imagined movement. Nature Communications (2018) 9(1):1617. PDF

Kilteni, K., Ehrsson HH. Body ownership determines the attenuation of self-generated tactile sensations. PNAS (2017) 114(31):8426-8431. PDF

Kilteni, K., Ehrsson, HH. Sensorimotor predictions and tool use: Hand-held tools attenuate self-touch. Cognition (2017) 165:1-9. PDF

Kilteni, K., Maselli, A., Kording, K. P., & Slater, M. Over my fake body: body ownership illusions for studying the multisensory basis of own-body perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 9 (2015). PDF

To read more about Konstantina's Marie Skłodowska-Curie EU-project, click here.


Konstantina Kilteni, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institutet, Biomedicum
Solnavägen 9, 171 65 Solna, Sweden

email: konstantina.kilteni @ ki.se
office phone: (+46) 8 524 87 217