Katerina Fotopoulou

KaterinaDartmouth copy_smallAikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou, Reader, studied cognitive neuropsychology and theoretical psychoanalysis at UCL before completing her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Durham, UK. She is currently a Reader at the Psychoanalysis Unit, Psychology and Language Sciences Division, University College London and a research affiliate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in the same university. There she researches body feelings, sensorimotor signals and related body representations in healthy individuals and in patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders of body unawareness.

Her research at Katlab is funded by Volkswagen Foundation (Germany), HDRF (US), ISAN (Israel) and more recently a Starting Investigator Grant from the European Research Council. Current research projects focus on the psychological and neural mechanisms by which our interoceptive body feelings, as well as multimodal representations of the body, are influenced by internalised social expectations, on-line interactions with other people and by neuropeptides known to enhance social feelings. These studies point to unique neural mechanisms by which our bodies are interpersonally ‘mentalised’ and perceived to form the basis of our selves.

Katerina is the founder of the International Association for the Study of Affective Touch (IASAT) and the Secretary of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society.  She is the editor of the volume: Fotopoulou, A. Conway, M.A. Pfaff, D. From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2012.

In 2016, Katerina was awarded the prestigious Early Career Award of the International Neuropsychology Society recognizing her substantive independent contribution to research in the area of brain-behavior relationships in the first 10 years post completion of training. Previously she has also received the Distinguished Young Scientist Award (2014), by the World Economic Forum and The Elizabeth Warrington Prize (2011), the Early Career Award of the British Neuropsychological Society’s, the Clifford Yorke Prize (2006) the Early Career Award of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society and the Papanicolaou Prize, theEarly Career Award of the Hellenic Medical Society of Britain. In 2015, postgraduate students at the Institute of Neurology at UCL awarded her the Tony Pullen Lecturer of the Year Prize.

Katerina is currently at the last year of a 4-year Clinical Doctorate in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Psychology (due in December 2016), accredited by the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council and leading to eligibility for Professional Chartership.



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Moro, V. Pernigo, S., Tsakiris, M., Avesani, R., Edelstyn, NM., Jenkinson, P.M., Fotopoulou, A. (in press). Motor versus body awareness: Voxel-based lesion analysis in anosognosia for hemiplegia and somatoparaphrenia following right hemisphere stroke. Cortex.

Krahé, C., Drabek, M., Paloyelis, Y., & Fotopoulou, A. (in press). Affective touch and attachment style modulate pain: A laser-evoked potentials study. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 

 Ainley, V, Apps, MAJ, Fotopoulou,A., Tsakiris, M. (in press). ‘Bodily precision’: A predictive coding account of individual differences in interoceptive accuracy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Crucianelli, L., Cardi, V., Treasure, J., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). The perception of affective touch in anorexia nervosa. Psychiatry Research, 239, 72-78.

Besharati, S., Forkel, S.J., Kopelman, M., Solms, M., Jenkinson, Fotopoulou, A. (2016). Mentalising the Body: Spatial and Social Cognition in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia, Brain, 139(Pt 3):971-85.

Paloyelis, Y., Krahé, C., Howard, M., Williams, S., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). The analgesic effect of oxytocin in humans: A double-blinded placebo controlled cross-over study using laser-evoked potentials. WCNH Special Issue, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 28, 4

Ricciardi L, Demartini B, Crucianelli L, Krahé C, Edwards MJ, Fotopoulou A. Interoceptive awareness in patients with functional neurological symptoms. Biol Psychol. 2015 Oct 31. pii: S0301-0511(15)30070-3. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.10.009. [Epub ahead of print]

Demartini,B., Ricciardi,L.  Crucianelli, L., Fotopoulou, A., Edwards,M.J.(2016). Sense of body ownership in patients affected by functional motor symptoms (conversion disorder). Conscious Cogn, 39:70-6


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

Krahé, C., Paloyelis, Y., Condon, H., Jenkinson, P. M., Williams, S. C. R., & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). Attachment style moderates partner presence effects on pain: A laser-evoked potentials study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 1030-1037.  (link)

Paloyelis, Y., Krahé, C., Howard, M., Williams, S., & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). The analgesic effect of oxytocin in humans: A double-blinded placebo controlled cross-over study using laser-evoked potentials. WCNH Special Issue, Journal of Neuroendocrinology. (pdf).

Ricciardi, L., Demartini, B., Fotopoulou, A. & Edwards. M.J. (2015). Alexithymia in Neurological Disease: a review. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. (link).

Yovell, Y., Solms, M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). The case for neuropsychoanalysis: Why a dialogue with neuroscience is necessary but not sufficient for psychoanalysis. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. (pdf).

Fotopoulou, A. (2015). The virtual bodily self: Mentalisation of the body as revealed in anosognosia for hemiplegia. Consciousness and Cognition, 33; 500–510 (pdf).


Besharati, S., Kopelman, M., Avesani, R., Moro, V., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Another perspective on anosognosia: Self-observation in video replay improves motor awareness. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-34. (link)

Besharati, S., Forkel, S. J., Kopelman, M., Solms, M., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). The affective modulation of motor awareness in anosognosia for hemiplegia: Behavioural and lesion evidence. Cortex61, 127-140. (pdf)

Cole, S. N., Fotopoulou, A., Oddy, M., & Moulin, C. J. (2014). Implausible future events in a confabulating patient with an anterior communicating artery aneurysm. Neurocase20, 208-224. (link)

Decety, J., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Why empathy has a beneficial impact on others in medicine: Unifying theories. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience8, 457. (link)

Hurter, S., Paloyelis, Y., Williams, A. C. D. C., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Partners’ empathy increases pain ratings: effects of perceived empathy and attachment style on pain report and display. The Journal of Pain15, 934-944. (link)

Jenkinson, P.M. & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Understanding Babiski’s Anosognosia: 100 years later. Editorial for Special Issue. Cortex, 61, 1-4. (pdf)

Krahé, C., Paloyelis, Y., Sambo, C. F., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). I like it when my partner holds my hand: development of the Responses and Attitudes to Support during Pain questionnaire (RASP). Frontiers in Psychology5, 1027. (link)

Moro, V., Scandola, M., Bulgarelli, C., Avesani, R., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Error-based training and emergent awareness in anosognosia for hemiplegia. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-24. (link)

Paloyelis, Y., Doyle, O. M., Zelaya, F. O., Maltezos, S., Williams, S. C., Fotopoulou, A., & Howard, M. A. (2014). A Spatiotemporal Profile of In Vivo Cerebral Blood Flow Changes Following Intranasal Oxytocin in Humans. Biological Psychiatry. (link)

Turnbull, O. H., Fotopoulou, A., & Solms, M. (2014). Anosognosia as motivated unawareness: The ‘defence’hypothesis revisited. Cortex61, 18-29. (link)


Crucianelli, L., Metcalf, N. K., Fotopoulou, A. K., & Jenkinson, P. M. (2013). Bodily pleasure matters: velocity of touch modulates body ownership during the rubber hand illusion. Frontiers in Psychology4, 703. (link)

Edwards, M. J., Fotopoulou, A., & Pareés, I. (2013). Neurobiology of functional (psychogenic) movement disorders. Current Opinion in Neurology26, 442-447. (link)

Fotopoulou, A. (2013). Beyond the reward principle: Consciousness as precision seeking. Neuropsychoanalysis15, 33-38. (link)

Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Time to get rid of the ‘Modular’ in neuropsychology: A unified theory of anosognosia as aberrant predictive coding. Journal of Neuropsychology8, 1-19. (link)

Jenkinson, P. M., Haggard, P., Ferreira, N. C., & Fotopoulou, A. (2013). Body ownership and attention in the mirror: Insights from somatoparaphrenia and the rubber hand illusion. Neuropsychologia51, 1453-1462. (link)

Krahé, C., Springer, A., Weinman, J. A., & Fotopoulou, A. (2013). The social modulation of pain: others as predictive signals of salience–a systematic review. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience7, 386. (link)


Ainley, V., Tajadura‐Jiménez, A., Fotopoulou, A., & Tsakiris, M. (2012). Looking into myself: Changes in interoceptive sensitivity during mirror self‐observation. Psychophysiology49, 1672-1676. (link)

Fotopoulou, A. (2012). Illusions and delusions in anosognosia for hemiplegia: from motor predictions to prior beliefs. Brain135, 1344-1346. (link)

Parees, I., Kassavetis, P., Saifee, T. A., Sadnicka, A., Bhatia, K. P., Fotopoulou, A., & Edwards, M. J. (2012). ‘Jumping to conclusions’ bias in functional movement disorders. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, jnnp-2011. (link)


Fotopoulou A, Jenkinson PM, Tsakiris M, Haggard P, Rudd A & Kopelman M. (2011). Mirror-view reverses somatoparaphrenia: Dissociation between first- and third-person perspectives on body ownership. Neuropsychologia49, 3946-55. (link)             


Cocchini G, Beschin N, Fotopoulou A, & Della Sala S. (2010). Explicit and implicit anosognosia for upper limb motor impairment. Neuropsychologia48,1489-94. (link)

Fotopoulou, A. (2010). The affective neuropsychology of confabulation and delusion. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry15, 38-63. (link)

Fotopoulou, A., Pernigo, S., Maeda, R., Rudd, A., & Kopelman, M. A. (2010). Implicit awareness in anosognosia for hemiplegia: unconscious interference without conscious re-representation. Brain133, 3564-3577. (link)

Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2010). Motor awareness in anosognosia for hemiplegia: experiments at last!. Experimental brain research204, 295-304. (link)

Sambo, C. F., Howard, M., Kopelman, M., Williams, S., & Fotopoulou, A. (2010). Knowing you care: effects of perceived empathy and attachment style on pain perception. Pain151, 687-693. (link)

Tsakiris E, Carpenter L, Dafydd J, & Fotopoulou A. (2010) Hands only Illusion: not all objects can be experienced as part of one’s body. Experimental Brain Research, 204, 343-352. (link)


Cocchini G, Beschin N, Cameron A, Fotopoulou A, Della Sala S. (2009). Anosognosia for motor impairment following left hemisphere damage. Neuropsychology23, 223-30. (link)

Fotopoulou A, Rudd A, Kopelman M. (2009). Self-observation reinstates motor awareness in anosognosia for hemiplegia. Neuropsychologia, 47, 5.1256-1260. (link)


Fotopoulou A. (2008). False-selves in neuropsychological rehabilitation: the challenge of confabulation.  Neuropsychological Rehabilitation18, 541 – 565. (link)

Fotopoulou A, Conway MA, Solms M, Birchall D. & Tyrer S. (2008). Positive Emotional Biases in Confabulation: An Experimental Study. Cortex44, 764-772.

Fotopoulou A, Conway MA, Solms M, Kopelman M & Tyrer S. (2008). Self-serving Confabulation in Prose Recall. Neuropsychologia, 46, 1429-1441. (link)

Fotopoulou A, Tsakiris M & Haggard P, Rudd A & Kopelman M. (2008). The role of motor intention in motor awareness: An experimental study on anosognosia for hemiplegia, Brain, 131, 3432-42. (link)

Tsakiris M, & Fotopoulou A. (2008). Is my body the sum of online and offline body representations? Consciousness and Cognition, 17, 1317-20.


Fotopoulou A, Conway MA, Birchall D, Griffiths P & Tyrer S.  (2007). Confabulation: Revising the Motivational Hypothesis. Neurocase, 13, 6-15.

Fotopoulou A, Conway MA, & Solms M. (2007). Confabulation: Motivated Reality Monitoring. Neuropsychologia 45, 2180-90. (link)

Nardone  IB, Ward R, Fotopoulou A, Turnbull, O.E. (2007) Attention and emotion in anosognosia: Evidence of implicit awareness.  Neurocase, 13, 438 – 445. (link)


Fotopoulou A, & Conway MA (2004). Confabulations Pleasant and Unpleasant. Neuropsychoanalysis 6, 26-33. (link)

Fotopoulou A, Solms M & Turnbull O. (2004). Wishful Reality Distortions in Confabulation: A Case Study. Neuropsychologia, 42, 6: 727-744. (link)


Fotopoulou A, Conway M & Pfaff D. (2012) From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic NeuroscienceOxford University Press.

Book Chapters


Besharati, S., Fotopoulou, A. & Kopelman, M. (2014). What is it like to be confabulating? In Mishara, AL, Kranjec, A., Corlett, P., Fletcher, P. Schwartz, M.A. (Eds) Phenomenological Neuropsychiatry, How Patient Experience Bridges Clinic with Clinical Neuroscience. New York, Springer.

Fletcher, P., & Fotopoulou, A. (in press). Abnormalities of agency. 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.

Kopelman MK, Bajo A, Fotopoulou A. Confabulation. (in press). Memory deficits and neuroscientific aspects. Eds (section Editor Sergio Della Sala) in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences Ed. James Wright.


Besharati S, Fotopoulou A, & Kopelman MK. (2013) The Neuroscience and Phenomenology of Confabulation and Anosognosia. In (Aaron Mishara, Phil Corlett, Paul Fletcher, and Michael Schwartz, Eds) Phenomenological Neuropsychiatry: Bridging Clinic with Clinical Neuroscience”. In press.

Tsakiris M & Fotopoulou A. (2013). Form the fact to the sense of agency. In T. Vierkant (Ed.) Decomposing the Will. Oxford: University Press.


Fotopoulou A. (2012). Towards Psychodynamic Neuroscience. In  A. Fotopoulou, M. Conway, & D. Pfaff. (Eds.) From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic NeuroscienceOxford University Press.

Fotopoulou A. (2012). Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis: Is there a Common Language? In  A. Fotopoulou, M. Conway, & D. Pfaff. (Eds.) From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience.

Fotopoulou A. (2012). The history and progress of Neuropsychoanalysis. In  A. Fotopoulou, M. Conway, & D. Pfaff. From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic NeuroscienceOxford University Press.


Fotopoulou A. (2010). The Affective Neuropsychology of Confabulation and Delusion. R. Langdon & M. Turner (Eds.) Confabulation and Delusion, Macquarie Monographs in Cognitive Science, NY: Psychology Press. pp. 38-63.


Fotopoulou A. (2009). Disentangling The Motivational Theories of Confabulation. In Histein, W. (Ed). Confabulation: Views From Neurology, Psychiatry, and Philosophy. Oxford University Press.


Fotopoulou A. (1999). A Critical Appraisal of Client-Centred Therapy Approaches. In:  G. Potamianos (ed.), Personality Theories: A Critical Appraisal, Athens:  Ellinika Grammata, 1999, 2000, 2001.

Other Publications

Fotopoulou A, Jenkinson P. (2010). Unawareness of Deficit in Acute Stroke: Neuropsychological Therapy Matters. Stroke Matters, 9, p. 8-9. (link)

Jenkinson P, Fotopoulou A. (2010). So you think you can dance? Insights from Studies on Motor Awareness. The Psychologist, 23(10: 810-813.

Fotopoulou A. (2009). Review of “The Confabulating Mind: how the brain creates reality”, by Armin Schnider, Oxford University Press. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 194, 97-98.

Fotopoulou A. (2005). Review of William Hirstein (2005) Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 76, 1042.

Fotopoulou A. (2004). Memory & Emotions: Lessons from Confabulation. Scientific American, 7, 2 (Greek Ed).

Recent Presented Papers and Posters


A. Fotopoulou. December. Cape Town, South Africa –University of Cape Town.  ‘Mirrors of the Self Experiments at the interface between neuropsychology and social neuroscience’. Departmental Lecture. Host: Mark Solms

A. Fotopoulou. December. Bloemfontein, South Africa – University of the Free State. Engaging the Other; International Conference.‘The Social Mentalisation of the Body’. Keynote Lecture.  Host: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.

A. Fotopoulou. November. Verona, Italy. University of Verona. La complessità in riabilitazione. Complexity in Rehabilitation. « Paralizzato solo ai tuoi occhi: Riabilitare gli errori e le previsioni nell’anosognosia per emiplegia> Paralysed only in your Eyes: Rehabilitating Errors and Predictions in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia”. Keynote Lecture. Host: Valentina Moro.

A. Fotopoulou. October. Berlin, Germany. ‘Experimental Entanglements in Cognitive Neuroscience’ Volkswagen Foundation Workshop. “Can the presence of an observer be simulated by fMRI designs?”. Invited talk. Hosts:

A. Fotopoulou. October. Paris, France. ‘Understanding the body we will never know’.  Volkswagen Foundation Workshop. Participant. Hosts:

A. Fotopoulou. September. London, UK. Relate Organisation. ‘How relationships shape the brain: perspectives from neuroscience’. Meeting talk. Hosts:

A. Fotopoulou. July. Tubingen, Germany. University of Tubingen. ‘Anosognosia: Anatomy, Experiments and the Dynamic Mind’. Departmental talk.  Hosts: Otto Karnath & Julia Suchan

A. Fotopoulou. July. Leeds, UK. National Institute for Health Research. Invited Research Fellowship Presentation.

A. Fotopoulou. June. Brussels, Belgium. European Research Council. Invited Starting Investigator Award Presentation.

A. Fotopoulou. June. Athens, Greece. Eugeneidion Foundation. 12th International Neuropsychoanalysis Conference, Invited Symposium Organiser: ‘Towards a Second-Person Psychodynamic Neuroscience‘ and presenter ‘Empathy Succeeds Where Love Fails: Pain Modulation by Attachment and Perceived Empathy by One’s Partner’.

A. Fotopoulou. March.London, UK. Institute of Psychiatry. ‘I’m paralysed only in your eyes. The clinico-anatomical heterogeneity of post-stroke anosognosia and its treatment’.  Invited lecture in ‘Clinical Neuroanatomy Lecture Series. Hosts: Marco Catani & Stephanie Forkel

A. Fotopoulou. February. Geneva, Switzerland. University of Geneva. ‘Delusions of Body Awareness Following Stroke: From Experiments to Restoration of Function’. Invited lecture in ‘Brain and Cognition Series’. Host: Patrick Vuilleumier