Antje Gentsch

Antje_picture_new_lAntje Gentsch studied Psychology at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, and did her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. She completed a doctoral program in philosophy and neuroscience at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, funded by the German Excellence Initiative.

Antje investigates the relation between action, perception and self-awareness, within the framework of embodied cognition. She has explored the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the sense of agency and its disturbances in neuropsychiatric disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder. Her research at KatLab focuses on interoceptive awareness, mostly in healthy participants and psychiatric populations.


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Gentsch, A., Panagiotopoulou, E., & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). Active Interpersonal Touch Gives Rise to the Social Softness Illusion. Current Biology, 25(18), 2392-2397. (link).

Gentsch, A. & Schütz-Bosbach, S. (2014). Agency and Outcome Prediction. In P. Haggard & B. Eitam (Eds.), Human Agency: Functions and Mechanisms. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gentsch, A., Crucianelli, L., Jenkinson, P., Fotopoulou, A. (under review). The Touched Self: Affective Touch and Body Awareness in Health and Disease. In H. Olausson, J. Wessberg, I. Morrison, F. McGlone (Eds.), Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents. Springer.

Gentsch, A., Synofzik, M. (2014). Affective coding: the emotional dimension of agency. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:608. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00608 (link)

Gentsch, A., Weiss, C., Spengler, S., Synofzik, M., Schütz-Bosbach, S. (under review). Doing good or bad: How interactions between action and emotion expectation shape the sense of agency.

Gentsch, A., Weber, A., Schütz-Bosbach, S., Vosgerau, G., Synofzik, M. (in prep). The relation between motor control and action cognition: towards a common framework of grounded action cognition.

Gentsch, A., Kathmann, N., & Schütz-Bosbach, S. (2012). Reliability of sensory predictions determines the experience of self-agency. Behavioural Brain Research, 228(2), 415-422. (link)

Gentsch, A., Schütz-Bosbach, S., Endrass, T., & Kathmann, N. (2012). Dysfunctional forward model mechanisms and aberrant sense of agency in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 71(7), 652-659. (link)

Gentsch, A., & Schütz-Bosbach, S. (2011). I did it: Unconscious expectation of sensory consequences modulates the experience of self-agency and its functional signature. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(12), 3817-3828. (link)

Gentsch, A., Ullsperger, P., & Ullsperger, M. (2009). Dissociable medial frontal negativities from a common monitoring system for self- and externally caused failure of goal achievement. NeuroImage, 47(4), 2023-2030. (link)