A neuroscientific toolkit for translation studies

Adolfo M. García, Ezequiel Mikulan, Agustín Ibáñez

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Cognitive approaches in translation studies have long incorporated methods from other fields, including linguistics, psychology, and computer science. Despite their major contributions, such approaches are mostly uninformative about the neural systems in which translation and interpreting processes are embedded. Seeking to bridge this gap, we introduce a neuroscientific toolkit to explore the biological embeddedness of translation and interpreting. Our focus is on neuroimaging (positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging) and electromagnetic techniques (electroencephalography, direct electrostimulation). We survey the tenets of these methods, review relevant findings, and outline key issues for future research. Moreover, we report new evidence obtained through scalp and intracranial functional connectivity measures. In brief, we advocate a more active involvement of translation scholars in brain-based research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReembedding Translation Process Research
EditorsRicardo Munoz Martin
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9789027266347
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameBenjamins Translation Library
ISSN (Print)0929-7316


  • Direct electrostimulation
  • Event-related potentials
  • Functional connectivity
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Intracranial recordings
  • Neuroscience
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Translation processes


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