Dr. Adolfo García specializes in the neuroscience of language and social interaction. Having graduated with honors as Technical-Scientific Translator (MdPCC, Argentina) and Teacher of English (UNMdP, Argentina), he obtained his Ph.D. in Language Sciences (UNCuyo, Argentina), with funding from CONICET. His award-winning thesis postulated a neurocognitive model of the systems subserving interlingual reformulation in bilinguals. Then, with the support of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from CONICET, he extended his scientific education at the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO). His research training on neurolinguistics also included stays at New York University and Rice University (USA). Between 2016 and 2020, he served as Scientific Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience, at the Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (Argentina).
He serves as Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Center at Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina), Atlantic Fellow and Associate Specialist at the Global Brain Health Institute (University of California, San Francisco), Adjunct Researcher at CONICET (Argentina), Adjunct Professor of Neurolinguistics at the Faculty of Education of UNCuyo (Argentina), member of the Management Committee of the “Translation, Research, Empiricism, Cognition” (TREC) Network, honorary member of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience at La Laguna University (Spain), and High-Level Talent appointed by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. He is also the creator and director of the Master’s in Language and Cognition, a postgraduate program at UNCuyo (Argentina). In addition, he has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of World Languages, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, and Perspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice; and as ad hoc reviewer for dozens of leading journals in neuroscience, neurolinguistics, and linguistics. He has also guest-edited special issues for Cortex and Perspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice.
As a professor, he has taught undergraduate, graduate, and professional development courses in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, USA, Germany, and China. From 2011 through 2014, he worked as Adjunct Professor of Translation Studies at the National University of Córdoba (Argentina). He has also been a Visiting Professor at Macquarie University (Australia), Universidad del Valle (Colombia), Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile), Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany), Durham University (UK), and Macau University (China). He has supervised numerous research fellows and acted as thesis advisor to undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students in Argentina and Europe.
Dr. García has collaborated in research projects at Diego Portales University (Chile), New York University (USA), Antioquia University (Colombia), and La Laguna University (Spain). He has also led or partaken in academic projects funded by the Argentine Ministry of Education (2009), the Montevideo Group (2012), the Argentine Chancellery (2014), the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (2014), the Australian Systemic-Functional Linguistics Association (2014), CONICET (2015), COLCIENCIAS (2016), the Argentine Agency for the Promotion of Science and Technology (2018), the Latin-American-Swiss Center at the University of St. Gallen (2019), and the British Council (2019). He has also acted as director of an intervention program of the Inter-American Development Bank, aimed at fostering cognitive and linguistic development in vulnerable families. Furthermore, he has served as external consultant for the British Council in the field of bilingualism and higher education. In addition, he regularly reviews research projects for national agencies in several countries.
He has presented over 150 works in national and international scientific events, including numerous conferences as keynote speaker. In addition, he has organized several scientific meetings with worldwide impact, including the first edition of the international conference series “Translation, interpreting, and cognition”. Also, he routinely disseminates research for the general public in newspapers, radio broadcasts, and TV shows, including appearances in major outlets such as BBC, Nature News, Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Daily Mail, Newsweek, and Le Monde. Highlights in this area include his participation in the contents and design team of Cerebreando, a public, nation-wide exhibition promoting the social appropriation of neuroscientific knowledge in Argentina; and his roles as creator and host of the TV show “Of brains and words” and as columnist on mind and communication for Radio Mitre Mar del Plata.
He has authored more than 170 publications, including books, chapters and articles in leading journals, such as Nature Human Behavior, Brain, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, NeuroImage, Scientific Reports, Cortex, Journal of Medical Genetics, Cognition, Brain and Language, and Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. His books include Traductología y neurocognición (UNC, 2012); Qué son las neurociencias, co-authored by Agustín Ibáñez (Paidós, 2015); Mente bilingüe, co-edited with Sonia Suárez Cepeda (Comunicarte, 2016); An Introduction to Relational Network Theory (Equinox, London, 2017, co-authored by William Sullivan and Sarah Tsiang and prefaced by Michael Halliday); Neuroscience and Social Science: The Missing Link, co-edited by Agustín Ibáñez and Lucas Sedeño (Springer, New York, 2018); Contextual Cognition, co-authored by Agustín Ibáñez (Springer, Heidelberg, 2018); and The Neurocognition of Translation and Interpreting (John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2019). He has also published a collection of short stories titled Incierta forma (Babel, 2012).
Dr. García has formulated the Hand-Action-Network Dynamic Language Embodiment (HANDLE) model, a theoretical proposal which accounts for neurocognitive synergies during joint processing of language and manual movements. He has also advanced the Disrupted Motor Grounding Hypothesis, which provides a rationale for several linguistic deficits in neurodegenerative movement disorders. These formulations are now being applied to explain several forms of cross-domain interaction in embodied and situated approaches to healthy and pathological cognition. Moreover, he has consolidated an overarching view of the main neurocognitive systems mediating translation in bilinguals, synthetically captured by the Neuroarchitectural Translation Model.
In 2013 he received the Most Outstanding Paper Award from the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States. That same year, he was distinguished by the Ibero-American Neuroeducation Society. In 2015, he was awarded the Young Investigator Prize, granted by the Argentine Association of Behavioral Science, and a distinction by the House of Representatives of Mendoza (Argentina) for his contributions to the public dissemination of neuroscience. In 2017, he was proclaimed Distinguished Citizen of Balcarce in the field of science, and he obtained an award at the MTC 2017 Neurodegenerative Disease Research Contest, hosted by the Argentina Ataxia Association and the Lorena Scarafiocca Foundation for Huntington’s disease. That same year, his work on language as an early marker of Parkinson’s diseases was chosen among the top-10 scientific breakthroughs in Argentina. In 2018, his achievements in this field earned him a recognition from the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires.