Psychoanalysis Unit


Aikaterini Fotopoulou

Katerina Fotopoulou

Email: a.fotopoulou@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: 0207 679 3079 (Internal 53079)
Katerina Fotopoulou, PhD
Psychoanalysis Unit
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Position: Professor of Psychodynamic Neuroscience, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL.

Education: PhD, DCPsych, MBPsS, MSc, MSc, Ptychion

Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou studied psychology in Athens, Greece, before completing her MSc degrees in cognitive neuropsychology and theoretical psychoanalysis at UCL, UK. She went on to conduct her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Durham, UK and more recently, a Clinical Doctorate in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Psychology at the NSPC, UK, leading to her registration with the British Psychological Society and the UK’s Health Professions Council. She is currently in private practice in North West London. For more details click here.

Research profile: Katerina’s research aims to understand the interface between mental and somatic health and ultimately advance the treatment of related health disorders, including unawareness following a stroke, functional motor and eating disorders. Katerina has published more than 100 papers (see below for full list) and edited the volume Fotopoulou, A. Conway, M.A. Pfaff, D. From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Funding: Katerina’s grant portfolio totals approximately 4.2 million EUR, including two grants from the European Research Council, a Starting Investigator Grant for the project BODILY SELF and a more recent Consolidator Award for the project METABODY (see projects). Her research at has also been funded by Volkswagen Foundation (Germany), HDRF (US), ISAN (Israel), an ESRC/MRC fellowship, the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation, the American Psychoanalytic Association, a Wellcome Trust/UCL, Investing in Excellent Researchers Grant and a UCL Social Sciences Collaborative Award

Awards: In 2016, Katerina was awarded the 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, the Early 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.





Neustadter, E. S., Fotopoulou, A., Steinfeld, M., & Fineberg, S. (2019). Mentalization and embodied selfhood in Borderline Personality Disorder. Accepted in Journal of Consciousness Studies, forthcoming.

Pia, L., Fossataro, C., Burin, D., Bruno V, Spinazzola, l., Gindri P., Fotopoulou, A., Berti, A., Garbarini, (2020). The anatomo-clinical picture of the pathological embodiment over someone else’s body part after stroke. Accepted in Cortex, forthcoming.

Fotopoulou, A. Mentalising Allostasis: The Sense that I Should Eat (2020): Comment on: “The sense of should: A biologically-based framework for modeling social pressure” by Jordan E. Theriault, Liane Young, and Lisa Feldman Barrett. Physics of Life Reviews 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2020.01.004. Accepted in Physics of Life Reviews, forthcoming.

Panagiotopoulou, E., Crucianelli, L., Lemma, A., & Fotopoulou, A. (2020). Identifying with the Beautiful: Facial attractiveness effects on unisensory and multisensory self-other distinction, PsyArXiv¸ 10.31234 and in revision.

Masson, C. J., van der Westhuizen, D., Noel, J., Prevost, A. M., van Honk, J., Fotopoulou, A., … Serino, A. (2020). Testosterone administration in women increases the size of their peripersonal space. PsyArXiv, 31234 and in revision.

von Mohr, M., Kirsch, L. P., Loh, J. K., & Fotopoulou, A. (2019). Affective Touch Dimensions: From Sensitivity to Metacognition. bioRxiv, 669259 and in revision.


Crucianelli, L., Demartini, B., Goeta, D., Nisticò, V., Saramandi, A., Bertelli, S., Todisco, P., Gambini, O., & Fotopoulou, A. (2020). The Anticipation and Perception of Affective Touch in Women with and Recovered from Anorexia Nervosa. Neuroscience.

Jenkinson, P. M., Papadaki, C., Besharati, S., Moro, V., Gobbetto, V., Crucianelli, L., Kirsch, L. P., Avesani, R., Ward, N. S., & Fotopoulou, A. (2020). Welcoming back my arm: Affective touch increases body ownership following right hemisphere stroke. Brain Communications.

Martins, D.A., Mazibuko, N., Zelaya, F. et al. (2020). Effects of route of administration on oxytocin-induced changes in regional cerebral blood flow in humans. Nat Commun 11, 1160.

Kirsch, L. P., Besharati, S., Papadaki, C., Crucianelli, L., Bertagnoli, S., Ward, N., . . .Fotopoulou, A. (2020). Damage to the right insula disrupts the perception of affective touch.. Elife, 9.

Crucianelli, L., Demartini, B., Goeta, D., Nisticò, V., Saramandi, A., Bertelli, S., Todisco, P., Gambini, O., & Fotopoulou, A. (2020). The anticipation and perception of affective touch in women with and recovered from Anorexia Nervosa. BioRxiv, 2020.02.23.961367. 2019

Neustadter, E. S., Fotopoulou, A., Steinfeld, M., & Fineberg, S. K. (2019). Mentalization and embodied selfhood in Borderline Personality Disorder. PsyArXiv

Palser, E. R., Fotopoulou, A., Pellicano, E., & Kilner, J. M. (2019). Dissociation in How Core Autism Features Relate to Interoceptive Dimensions: Evidence from Cardiac Awareness in Children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Pacella, V., Foulon, C., Jenkinson, P. M., Scandola, M., Bertagnoli, S., Avesani, R., … Thiebaut de Schotten, M. (2019). Anosognosia for hemiplegia as a tripartite disconnection syndrome. ELife, 8, e46075.

Ponzo, S., Kirsch, L. P., Fotopoulou, A., & Jenkinson, P. M. (2019). Vestibular modulation of multisensory integration during actual and vicarious tactile stimulation. Psychophysiology, 0(0), e13430.

Ponzo, S., Kirsch, L. P., Fotopoulou, A., & Jenkinson, P. M. (2019). Vestibular modulation of multisensory integration during actual and vicarious tactile stimulation. BioRxiv, 576611.

Crucianelli, L., Paloyelis, Y., Ricciardi, L., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2019). Embodied Precision: Intranasal Oxytocin Modulates Multisensory Integration. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31(4), 592–606.

Crucianelli, L., Serpell, L., Paloyelis, Y., Ricciardi, L., Robinson, P., Jenkinson, P., & Fotopoulou, A. (2019). The effect of intranasal oxytocin on the perception of affective touch and multisensory integration in anorexia nervosa: protocol for a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study. BMJ Open, 9(3), e024913.

Filippetti, M. L., Kirsch, L. P., Crucianelli, L., & Fotopoulou, A. (2019). Affective certainty and congruency of touch modulate the experience of the rubber hand illusion. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 2635.

Carey, M., Crucianelli, L., Preston, C., & Fotopoulou, A. (2019). The Effect of Visual Capture Towards Subjective Embodiment Within the Full Body Illusion. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 2889.


Crucianelli, L., Wheatley, L., Filippetti, M. L., Jenkinson, P. M., Kirk, E., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). The mindedness of maternal touch: An investigation of maternal mind-mindedness and mother-infant touch interactions. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 35, 47–56.

Filippetti, M. L., Kirsch, L. P., Crucianelli, L., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). The Emotional Glue of the Senses: Affective Certainty and Congruency in the Rubber Hand Illusion. BioRxiv, 401422.

Carey, M., Crucianelli, L., Preston, C., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). The Effect of Visual Capture Towards Subjective Embodiment Within the Full Body Illusion. BioRxiv, 397943.

Crucianelli, L., Krahé, C., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). Interoceptive ingredients of body ownership: Affective touch and cardiac awareness in the rubber hand illusion. Cortex, 104, 180–192.

Crucianelli, L., Paloyelis, Y., Ricciardi, L., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). Embodied precision: Intranasal oxytocin modulates multisensory integration. BioRxiv, 361261.

Kirsch, L. P., Krahé, C., Blom, N., Crucianelli, L., Moro, V., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). Reading the mind in the touch: Neurophysiological specificity in the communication of emotions by touch. Neuropsychologia, 116, 136–149.

Krahé, C., Mohr, M. von, Gentsch, A., Guy, L., Vari, C., Nolte, T., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). Sensitivity to CT-optimal, Affective Touch Depends on Adult Attachment Style. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 14544.

Palser, E. R., Fotopoulou, A., & Kilner, J. M. (2018). Altering movement parameters disrupts metacognitive accuracy. Consciousness and Cognition, 57, 33–40.

Palser, E. R., Fotopoulou, A., Pellicano, E., & Kilner, J. M. (2018). The link between interoceptive processing and anxiety in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder: Extending adult findings into a developmental sample. Biological Psychology, 136, 13–21.

Palser, Eleanor R., Palmer, C. E., Galvez-Pol, A., Hannah, R., Fotopoulou, A., & Kilner, J. M. (2018). Alexithymia mediates the relationship between interoceptive sensibility and anxiety. PLOS ONE, 13(9), e0203212.

Panagiotopoulou, E., Filippetti, M. L., Gentsch, A., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). Dissociable sources of erogeneity in social touch: Imagining and perceiving C-Tactile optimal touch in erogenous zones. PLOS ONE, 13(8), e0203039.

Ponzo, S., Kirsch, L. P., Fotopoulou, A., & Jenkinson, P. M. (2018). Balancing body ownership: Visual capture of proprioception and affectivity during vestibular stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 117, 311–321.


Borhani, K., Làdavas, E., Fotopoulou, A., & Haggard, P. (2017). “Lacking warmth”: Alexithymia trait is related to warm-specific thermal somatosensory processing. Biological Psychology, 128, 132–140.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini, & Tsakiris, M. (2017). Mentalizing homeostasis: the social origins of interoceptive inference – replies to Commentaries. Neuropsychoanalysis, 19(1), 71–76.

Martinaud, O., Besharati, S., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2017). Ownership illusions in patients with body delusions: Different neural profiles of visual capture and disownership. Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior, 87, 174–185.

Mohr, M. von, Kirsch, L. P., & Fotopoulou, A. (2017). The soothing function of touch: affective touch reduces feelings of social exclusion. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 13516.

Panagiotopoulou, E., Filippetti, M. L., Tsakiris, M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2017). Affective Touch Enhances Self-Face Recognition During Multisensory Integration. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 12883.


Besharati, S., Forkel, S. J., Kopelman, M., Solms, M., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). Mentalizing the body: spatial and social cognition in anosognosia for hemiplegia. Brain: A Journal of Neurology, 139(Pt 3), 971–985.

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). Consciousness and Cognition, 39, 70–76.

Ainley Vivien, Apps Matthew A. J., Fotopoulou Aikaterini, & Tsakiris Manos. (2016). ‘Bodily precision’: a predictive coding account of individual differences in interoceptive accuracy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1708), 20160003.

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.

Krahé, C., Drabek, M. M., Paloyelis, Y., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). Affective touch and attachment style modulate pain: a laser-evoked potentials study. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 371(1708).

Krahé Charlotte, Drabek Marianne M., Paloyelis Yannis, & Fotopoulou Aikaterini. (2016). Affective touch and attachment style modulate pain: a laser-evoked potentials study. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1708), 20160009.

Moro, Valentina, Pernigo, S., Tsakiris, M., Avesani, R., Edelstyn, N. M. J., Jenkinson, P. M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). Motor versus body awareness: Voxel-based lesion analysis in anosognosia for hemiplegia and somatoparaphrenia following right hemisphere stroke. Cortex, 83, 62–77.

Paloyelis, Y., Krahé, C., Maltezos, S., Williams, S. C., Howard, M. A., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). The Analgesic Effect of Oxytocin in Humans: A Double‐Blind, Placebo‐Controlled Cross‐Over Study Using Laser‐Evoked Potentials. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 28(4).

Paloyelis, Yannis, Doyle, O. M., Zelaya, F. O., Maltezos, S., Williams, S. C., Fotopoulou, A., & Howard, M. A. (2016). A Spatiotemporal Profile of In Vivo Cerebral Blood Flow Changes Following Intranasal Oxytocin in Humans. Biological Psychiatry, 79(8), 693–705.

Ricciardi, L., Demartini, B., Crucianelli, L., Krahé, C., Edwards, M. J., & Fotopoulou, A. (2016). Interoceptive awareness in patients with functional neurological symptoms. Biological Psychology, 113, 68–74.


Bajo, A., Fotopoulou, A. (Katerina), Fleminger, S., & Kopelman, M. D. (2015). Confabulation. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition) (pp. 560–569).

Besharati, S., Kopelman, M., Avesani, R., Moro, V., & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). Another perspective on anosognosia: Self-observation in video replay improves motor awareness. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 25(3), 319–352.

Decety, J., & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). Why empathy has a beneficial impact on others in medicine: unifying theories. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8.

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

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

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(8), 1030–1037.

Moro, V., Scandola, M., Bulgarelli, C., Avesani, R., & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). Error-based training and emergent awareness in anosognosia for hemiplegia. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 25(4), 593–616.

Ricciardi, L., Demartini, B., Fotopoulou, A., & Edwards, M. J. (2015). Alexithymia in Neurological Disease: A Review. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 27(3), 179–187.

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 Psycho-Analysis, 96(6), 1515–1553.


Besharati, S., Crucianelli, L., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Restoring awareness: a review of rehabilitation in anosognosia for hemiplegia. Revista Chilena de Neuropsicología, 9(1), 31–37.

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. Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior, 61, 127–140.

Cole, S. N., Fotopoulou, A., Oddy, M., & Moulin, C. J. A. (2014). Implausible future events in a confabulating patient with an anterior communicating artery aneurysm. Neurocase, 20(2), 208–224.

Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Time to get rid of the ‘Modular’ in neuropsychology: A unified theory of anosognosia as aberrant predictive coding. Journal of Neuropsychology, 8, 1–19.

Hurter, S., Paloyelis, Y., de C. Williams, A. C., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Partners’ Empathy Increases Pain Ratings: Effects of Perceived Empathy and Attachment Style on Pain Report and Display. The Journal of Pain, 15(9), 934–944.

Jenkinson, P., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Understanding Babinski’s anosognosia: 100 years later – ScienceDirect. Cortex, 61, 1–4.

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 Psychology, 5.

Ricciardi, L., Demartini, B., Crucianelli, L., Edwards, M. J., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). Interoceptive Sensitivity and Sense of Body Ownership in Patients with Functional Neurological Symptoms. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 85(8), e3–e3.

Turnbull, O., Fotopoulou, A., & Solms, M. (2014). Anosognosia as motivated unawareness: The ‘defence’ hypothesis revisited. Cortex, 61, 18–29.


Crucianelli, L., Metcalf, N. K., Fotopoulou, A. (Katerina), & Jenkinson, P. M. (2013). Bodily pleasure matters: velocity of touch modulates body ownership during the rubber hand illusion. Frontiers in Psychology, 4.

Edwards, M. J., Fotopoulou, A., & Pareés, I. (2013). Neurobiology of functional (psychogenic) movement disorders : Current Opinion in Neurology. Current Opinion in Neurology, 26(4), 442–447.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini. (2013). Beyond the Reward Principle: Consciousness as Precision Seeking. Neuropsychoanalysis, 15(1), 33–38.

Jenkinson, Paul M., Haggard, P., Ferreira, N. C., & Fotopoulou, A. (2013). Body ownership and attention in the mirror: Insights from somatoparaphrenia and the rubber hand illusion. Neuropsychologia, 51(8), 1453–1462.

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 Neuroscience, 7.


Ainley, V., Tajadura‐Jiménez, A., Fotopoulou, A., & Tsakiris, M. (2012). Looking into myself: Changes in interoceptive sensitivity during mirror self-observation. Psychophysiology, 49(11), 1672–1676.

Fotopoulou, A. (2012). Illusions and delusions in anosognosia for hemiplegia: from motor predictions to prior beliefs. Brain, 135(5), 1344–1346.

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

Howard, M. A., Sanders, D., Krause, K., O’Muircheartaigh, J., Fotopoulou, A., Zelaya, F., … Williams, S. C. R. (2012). Alterations in resting-state regional cerebral blood flow demonstrate ongoing pain in osteoarthritis: An arterial spin-labeled magnetic resonance imaging study. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 64(12), 3936–3946.

Pareés, 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. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 83(4), 460–463.


Fotopoulou, Aikaterini, Jenkinson, P. M., Tsakiris, M., Haggard, P., Rudd, A., & Kopelman, M. D. (2011). Mirror-view reverses somatoparaphrenia: Dissociation between first- and third-person perspectives on body ownership. Neuropsychologia, 49(14), 3946–3955.


Cocchini, G., Beschin, N., Fotopoulou, A., & Della Sala, S. (2010). Explicit and implicit anosognosia or upper limb motor impairment. Neuropsychologia, 48(5), 1489–1494.

Fotopoulou, A., & Jenkinson, P. (2010). Unawareness of deficit in acute stroke: Neuropsychological therapy matters.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini. (2010). The affective neuropsychology of confabulation and delusion. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 15(1–3), 38–63.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini, Pernigo, S., Maeda, R., Rudd, A., & Kopelman, M. A. (2010). Implicit awareness in anosognosia for hemiplegia: unconscious interference without conscious re-representation. Brain, 133(12), 3564–3577.

Jenkinson, Paul Mark, & Fotopoulou, A. (2010). Motor awareness in anosognosia for hemiplegia: experiments at last! Experimental Brain Research, 204(3), 295–304.

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. PAIN®, 151(3), 687–693.

Tsakiris, M., Carpenter, L., James, D., & Fotopoulou, A. (2010). Hands only illusion: multisensory integration elicits sense of ownership for body parts but not for non-corporeal objects. Experimental Brain Research, 204(3), 343–352.


Cocchini, G., Beschin, N., Cameron, A., Fotopoulou, A., & Della Sala, S. (2009). Anosognosia for motor impairment following left brain damage. Neuropsychology, 23(2), 223–230.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini. (2009). The Confabulating Mind: How The Brain Creates Reality By Armin Schnider. Oxford University Press. 2008. 344pp. £29.95 (hb). ISBN: 9780199206759. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 194(1), 97–98.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini, Rudd, A., Holmes, P., & Kopelman, M. (2009). Self-observation reinstates motor awareness in anosognosia for hemiplegia. Neuropsychologia, 47(5), 1256–1260.

Sambo, C., & Fotopoulou, K. (2009). 89 Empathy from Others Influences My Pain. European Journal of Pain, 13(S1), S35–S35.

Sanders, D., Howard, M., Krause, K., Fotopoulou, A., Thacker, M., Huggins, J. P., & Williams, S. (2009). 218 MAPPING DIFFERENCES IN CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW IN PATIENTS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS AND HEALTHY CONTROLS USING MR PERFUSION IMAGING: PRELIMINARY RESULTS. European Journal of Pain, 13(S1), S71–S71.


Fotopoulou, A., Conway, M. A., Tyrer, S., Birchall, D., Griffiths, P., & Solms, M. (2008). Is the content of confabulation positive? An experimental study. Cortex.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini, Conway, M. A., Solms, M., Tyrer, S., & Kopelman, M. (2008). Self-serving confabulation in prose recall. Neuropsychologia, 46(5), 1429–1441.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini, Tsakiris, M., Haggard, P., Vagopoulou, A., Rudd, A., & Kopelman, M. (2008). The role of motor intention in motor awareness: an experimental study on anosognosia for hemiplegia. Brain, 131(12), 3432–3442.

Fotopoulou, D. A. (2008). False selves in neuropsychological rehabilitation: The challenge of confabulation. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 18(5–6), 541–565.

Gökçe Özkarar, F., Nolte, T., Fotopoulou, K., Matthis, I., Kilhlbom, M., Bjerström, U., … Deutsch, J. (2008). Bulletin of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society. Neuropsychoanalysis, 10(2), 219–222.

Nardone, I. B., Ward, R., Fotopoulou, A., & Turnbull, O. H. (2008). Attention and Emotion in Anosognosia: Evidence of Implicit Awareness and Repression? Neurocase, 13(5–6), 438–445.

Tsakiris, M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2008). Is my body the sum of online and offline body-representations? Consciousness and Cognition, 17(4), 1317–1320; discussion 1321-1323.


Fotopoulou, Aikaterini, Conway, M. A., & Solms, M. (2007). Confabulation: Motivated reality monitoring. Neuropsychologia, 45(10), 2180–2190.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini, Conway, M., Griffiths, P., Birchall, D., & Tyrer, S. (2007). Self-enhancing confabulation: revisiting the motivational hypothesis. Neurocase, 13(1), 6–15.


Fotopoulou, A. (2005). Brain fiction, self-deception and the riddle of confabulation. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 76(7), 1042–1042.


Fotopoulou, A. C. (2004). Commentary on “The Pleasantness of False Beliefs.” Neuropsychoanalysis, 26–33.

Fotopoulou, Aikaterini, Solms, M., & Turnbull, O. (2004). Wishful reality distortions in confabulation: a case report. Neuropsychologia, 42(6), 727–744.


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

Book Chapters


Krahé, C., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). Psychological and neurobiological processes in coping with pain: The role of social interactions. In P. Murphy (Ed.), International Handbook of Psychobiology, Psychology Press.

von Mohr, M., & Fotopoulou, A. (2018). The cutaneous borders of interoception: active and social inference on pain and pleasure on the skin. In M. Tsakiris & H. De Preester (Eds.), The interoceptive mind: from homeostasis to awareness.


Ciaunica, A., Fotopoulou, A. (2016). The Touched Self: Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives on Proximal Intersubjectivity and the Self. In Ciaunica, A., Fotopoulou, A., Isolated Selves – an Enactive Approach to Intersubjectivity: the Case of Autism.

Gentsch, A., Crucianelli, L., Jenkinson, P., Fotopoulou, A. (2016). 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.


Fletcher, P., & Fotopoulou, A. (2015). 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. (2015). 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. (2015). 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, 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.


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 Neuroscience. Oxford 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 Neuroscience. Oxford 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. 

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


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
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.
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.
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:
Fotopoulou. October. Paris, France. ‘Understanding the body we will never know’.  Volkswagen Foundation Workshop. Participant. Hosts:
Fotopoulou. September. London, UK. Relate Organisation. ‘How relationships shape the brain: perspectives from neuroscience’. Meeting talk. Hosts:
Fotopoulou. July. Tubingen, Germany. University of Tubinger. ‘Anosognosia: Anatomy, Experiments and the Dynamic Mind’. Departmental talk.  Hosts: Otto Karnath & Julia Suchan
Fotopoulou. July. Leeds, UK. National Institute for Health Research. Invited Research Fellowship Presentation.
Fotopoulou. June. Brussels, Belgium. European Research Council. Invited Starting Investigator Award Presentation.
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’.
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
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


(of more than 70 UK and international presentations & invited lectures)

2016, London. UK. International Neuropsychology Society Mid-Year Congress. Invited Early Career Award Lecture. ‘Awareness of the Body Following Stroke; From the Bedside to the Lab and back again’

2016, Paris, France: Brain and Spine Institute, La Salpêtrière. Invited International Lecture: ‘Bodily Egocentricity and Allocentricity’ in Neurology: Anosognosia and Asomatognosia.

2016, Milano, Italy: University of Milan. Invited International Lecture on Neurophilosophy Seminars.

2016, Chicago, US. 12th Annual Congress of the International NPSA Society. Keynote Symposium.

2016, Verona, Italy. University of Verona, Psychology and Education Department: Invited Lecture.

2016, Bressanone, Italy. 35th European Workshop On Cognitive Neuropsychology: Invited Speaker at Keynote Symposium.

2016, Aegina, Greece. 4th European Summer School on Social Embodied Cognition: Invited Lecturer

2016: Invited Departmental Seminars in the following UK Universities: Bangor; City; UCL; Essex

2015 Edinburg, UK. Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Invited Special Series Lecture: Bodily Egocentricity and Allocentricity. 

2015, London, UK. Festival of the Unconscious, Freud Museum. Invited Keynote Lecture.

2015 Brussels, Belgium.  Invited ‘EU Research Testimonial’ to Cabinet of Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and the Leadership of the European Research Council.

2015 Lisbon, Portugal.  University Institute of Psychology (ISPA, the oldest school of Psychology in Portugal) Annual Meeting. Invited to give one of the three keynote lectures on ‘The Bodily Self’.

2014 Tianjin, China. World Economic Forum, Meeting of New Champions. Invited to represent the European Research Council Grantees; ‘The Bodily Self’. One of the four ERC speakers, selected out of 400 candidates.

2014 Rome, Italy. International Conference on the ‘Neuropsychology of body representation’, Invited Keynote Lecture: Inferring the self: neurological aberration of interceptive inference and social cognition.

2014 Heidelberg , Germany. International Conference of Marie Curie Network TESIS (Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity) on Enacting Culture: Embodiment, Interaction and the Development of Human Culture. Invited Keynote Lecture on Neuropsychology of Self-Awareness.

2013 New York, US. Arnold Pfeffer Center. The “body-in-relation” self: psychodynamic and neural mechanisms of joined salience. Invited Public Lecture.


2016 Copenhagen, Denmark. 10th Forum of Neuroscience, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. Presentation in accepted symposium.

2015, Manchester, UK. BIRT National Conference on Psychological Rehabilitation. Invited Symposium Presenter.

2015 Tampere, Finland: 5th Conference of the European Societies of Neuropsychology and the 12th Nordic Meeting in Neuropsychology. Presentation in accepted symposium.

2011 Merano, Italy. 1st European Neurorehabilitation Congress: ‘Anosognosia for Hemiplegia: From Treatments to Mechanisms’. Invited Main Symposium talk.

2011 York, UK: 3rd International Conference on Memory (ICOM-III). ‘Neurological Confabulation: When Memory Inhibition Fails: Invited symposium and presentation.

2010 Amsterdam, Netherlands. 3rd Meeting of the European Neuropsychological Societies. Invited talk in a symposium: ‘Theatres of the Body’.

2007 Toronto, Canada.  Memory Disorders Research Society Meeting. Symposium Organiser and Presenter: “The Recollective Experience of Confabulation”

2006 Sydney, AU. 2nd International Conference on Memory (ICOM II). Symposium Organiser and Presenter: ‘Confabulation & Delusion’

2005, Dublin, Ireland. International Neuropsychological Society and British Neuropsychological Society Joint Mid-Year Meeting. ‘Motivated Confabulations in Neurorehabilitation; From Research to Clinical Practice’.


Selected Interviews: BBC radio; ABC All in the Mind, National Radio (Australia); The Scientific 23; 23 questions submitted by teenagers to scientists (http://thescientific23.com) funded by the Royal Society and hosted by SJ Blakemore.

Selected Activities: The Self in the Brain, St. Paul’s School, Medical Society Lunch Lecture, 2016; Key Contributor to Wellcome Trust/BNA public event on ‘Age of Anxiety’ 2016; The Royal Holloway University’s ‘Love your Body’ Campaign of the Fashion Society Experts Debate; Royal Institution 2015: Seminar Series Leader: The Neuroscience of the Self; Royal Institution, 2015: Questioning Reality. Science curator: Affective Touch Illusions; Freud Museum: The Festival of the Unconscious, 2015 – Scientific Consultant and Presenter: Self-deception.

Selected Research Features in: The New Scientist; BBC News; BBC radio; the Guardian; the Independent; the Times; Scientific American, Prospect Magazine, BPS Research Digest, The Psychologist, British Neuroscience Association Bulletin, PopSc.com, Psychologytoday.com, in.news.yahoo.com, News-medical.net, psychcentral.com, sciencenewsline.com