Santa Clara University

Psychology department

Robert Numan


 Robert Numan, Ph.D. Contact:
Santa Clara University
Department of Psychology
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053-0333
Phone: 408-554-4347
Curriculum vitae (78KB PDF)

Robert Numan is a Physiological Psychologist. He received his doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 1972, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in Massachusetts. He has been at Santa Clara University since 1976, and is currently a professor of psychology. He was Chair of Psychology from 1991-1996 and 2009-2012.

Dr. Numan with his horse, Darlin

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Tenessee
Physiological Psychology


PSYC 1: General Psychology I
PSYC 43: Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 65: Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience (fulfills Core Natural Science w/ Lab)
PSYC 165: Physiological Psychology (fulfills Core Natural Science w/o Lab)
PSYC 168: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience


  • Role of septohippocampal system in learning
  • Memory processes in rats

Representative Publications

Numan, R., Ouimette, A.S., Holloway, K.A., & Curry, C.E. (2004). Effects of medial septal lesions on action-outcome associations in rats under conditions of delayed reinforcement. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118, 1240-1252.

Numan, R. (2000). In: Numan, R. (ed.), The Behavioral Neuroscience of the Septalundefined Region. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Numan, R. Feloney, M.P., Pham, K.H., & Tieber, L.M. (1995). Effects of medial septal lesions on an operant go/no-go delayed response alternation task in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 58, 1263-1271.

Numan, R., & Klis, D. (1992). Effects of medial septal lesions on an operant delayed go/no-go discrimination in rats. Brain Research Bulletin, 29, 643-650.

Numan, R. (1991). Medial septal lesions impair performance on a preoperatively acquired delayed alternation task. Brain Research Bulletin, 26, 449-453.

Numan, R., & Quaranta, Jr., J.R. (1990). Effects of medial septal lesions on operant delayed alternation in rats. Brain Research, 531, 232-241. 


Classic Publication (6.6MB PDF)


Psychobiology Emphasis