Dr. Adolfo M. García specializes in the neuroscience of language. 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).
He is now the Scientific Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience, at the Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (Argentina). He is also Assistant Researcher at CONICET (Argentina), Adjunct Professor of Neurolinguistics at the Faculty of Education of UNCuyo (Argentina), member of the international TREC (Translation, Research, Empiricism, Cognition) Network, and external collaborator for the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience at La Laguna University (Spain). In addition, he serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of World Languages and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Review Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, and ad hoc reviewer for dozens of leading journals in neuroscience, neurolinguistics, and linguistics.
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), Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile), Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany), and Macau University (China). He has 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), and the Australian Systemic-Functional Linguistics Association (2014), CONICET (2015), and COLCIENCIAS (2016). In addition, he regularly reviews research projects for national agencies in several countries.
He has presented over 100 works in national and international scientific events, including numerous conferences as keynote speaker. Also, he routinely disseminates research for the general public in newspapers, radio broadcasts, and TV shows.
He has published more than 90 scholarly works, including books, chapters and articles in leading journals, such as Cortex, Cognition, Brain and Language, Journal of Neurolinguistics, Journal of the International Neurospychological Society, Target, Meta, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Brain, and Scientific Reports. His books include Traductología y neurocognición (UNC, 2012); Qué son las neurociencias, co-authored by Agustín Ibáñez (Paidós, 2015); and Mente bilingüe, co-edited with Sonia Suárez Cepeda (Comunicarte, 2016). Two additional books are scheduled to be released in 2017: Context Everywhere (Springer, co-authored by Agustín Ibáñez) and An Introduction to Relational Network Theory (Equinox, co-authored by William Sullivan and Sarah Tsiang and prefaced by Michael Halliday). He has also published a collection of short stories titled Incierta forma (Babel, 2012).
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.