Konstantina Kilteni, PhD
(Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral fellow)


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.

Sample Publications

Kilteni, K., Andersson, B. J., Houborg, C., Ehrsson, H.H. Motor imagery involves predicting the sensory consequences of the imagined movement. Nat Commun. 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

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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